Author Archives: Krista Armstrong

In this blog series, we’ve been discussing some of the challenges of conducting clinical trials in neuroscience. In our final post of the series, we turn to another major one: ensuring that assessments are conducted with high quality whilst also minimizing subjectivity. Rating subjectivity can make signal detection substantially more difficult, if not impossible. ThisRead more

Last week, we discussed the high placebo response that plagues neuroscience clinical trials. Today we turn to another common challenge: patient recruitment. We’ll take a look at three strategies that can be used to improve trial participation: the use of several patient sources when recruiting a focus on patient-centric solutions the use of patient recruitmentRead more

21Neuroscience clinical trials, especially those for psychiatry and analgesia indications, have always had to deal with the challenge of high placebo response. Most troubling is that the placebo response rate seems to be on the rise, at least in the U.S.   Bigger placebo responses make it harder to show that an experimental treatment is effective. Indeed, higher placebo response has been linked to trialRead more

With billions of neurons, the brain is the most complex organ in the body, so it’s not surprising that neuroscience clinical trials—more so than trials in other medical specialties—face major challenges, both conceptual and practical. In this new blog series, we’ll look at the challenges sponsors face when operationalizing clinical trials and share lessons fromRead more

Nostalgia. Irritable heart. Shell shock. No, this isn’t a word-association game. These are among the many terms applied over the years to the highly amorphous condition we now call post-traumatic stress disorder. While people have experienced shocking, scary, and dangerous events since the dawn of mankind, the study of the cause and treatment of PTSDRead more

Want to know how to build strong strategic sponsor-CRO partnerships? Commit to the three Ds: Start with a dialogue that establishes the project’s direction, ultimately making a difference in the relationship. In these relationships, a CRO must bring to the table the supplemental expertise a sponsor doesn’t know they don’t have, but needs for success. 1. Foster a Dialogue Bidirectional communication is probably theRead more

Strategic partnerships between sponsors and CROs are an important part of today’s clinical research landscape. When managed effectively, these relationships provide customers with collaborative strategic resources that drive optimized solutions. Partnerships help ensure the continuity of project teams and operations, development of best practices for continuous learning, and streamlined resource planning and staffing. They can also provideRead more

Rising addiction rates are adding to already huge unmet needs in treating drug dependence, but big pharmaceutical companies show little interest in developing medications for common dependencies such as cannabis and methamphetamine. This volatile environment begs for trailblazers who can fill the void, but inconsistent patient behavior, lack of clear regulatory pathways, and other factorsRead more

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