Ok so I actually get A LOT of emails from research clinics that need some advice for how to get new studies awarded to their sites. This video is basically a summary of how I go about doing this. I can say that I have had some success in the past using this method. I will actually attempt to record a video of myself pursuing a study lead, but have to find a way to do it without getting into any legal trouble. The basic steps are:
1.) Determine what type of study you want to get, such as what therapeutic indication, disease, disorder, etc.
2.) Go to clinicaltrials.gov search for this indication.
3.) Start calling up the Study Directors or Project Managers associated with the trials that you want.
4.) If you haven’t done so already, Center Watch has a monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to in which studies are posted where the Pharma companies and CRO’s are looking for new Investigators.
Like I said, I will record myself actually doing this, but for now, start doing this and let me know if you get any good results!
Monthly archives for June, 2010
Some advice for the research clinics that are looking to get new clinical trials. Stay tuned for much more on this!
A Clinical Trial Participant Shares His Bad Experience while in a trial. He wasnt allowed to leave when he wanted!
We bring you different perspectives from clinical trials participants. In this case, we have a study participant who has just gotten out of a bad experience with an inpatient study that he just participated in. The issue he has involves the lack of communication between the research clinic and himself in terms of clearly explaining the payment terms involved with his study participation. Whether you take sides with him or not is not the point, the key in this example is an obvious breakdown of communication between the research team and this individual. Furthermore, the breakdown in communication also caused this individual to be held against his will for a weekend in the inpatient unit, while the issue was being resolved. This obviously left a sour taste in his mouth, and a bad impression of the entire industry to this individual. Another interesting side note, the study participant wanted to complain to the IRB, but the IRB’s phone number was not listed on the form, instead there was only the IRB name, causing an extra inconvenience of googling the phone number of the IRB. The take home message is this: PLEASE MAINTAIN OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR STUDY PARTICIPANTS AT ALL TIMES, AND OBVIOUSLY DONT HOLD THEM IN A STUDY AGAINST THEIR WILL.
Another post for the Research Sites out there. Moving your clinic from one address to another can be a daunting and overwhelming experience (I speak from personal experience). Don provides some tips and suggestions for you, especially in regards to Regulatory Documentation. Let us know your thoughts on this.
For those of you who are not very familiar with the clinical trials industry, medications are not just developed overnight. Drug companies spend millions of dollars and decades getting a potential drug from being an idea to an actual medication that a physician can prescribe you. In this video I talk about how a potential medication goes from being an idea to a reality. I talk about theoretical research, animal studies, and then the 4 different phases of human studies. Hopefully this video can shed some light on why clinical trials are necessary in the first place.
Every now and then we like to provide some practical advice to the research clinics out there so that they can do their jobs a little better. Today Don shares some solid advice for how to prepare your site for a Monitor or CRA’s visit. He provides some excellent advice regarding having your documents in order and up to date. This allows for a pleasant monitoring visit, and let’s you get back to your real job, taking care of your study participants