Category Archives: Neuroscience

Premier Research recently contributed to the STARR 911 initiative, a project of the STARR Coalition to provide actionable guidance for clinical researchers after identifying volunteers with suicidal leanings. This post provides more information on the process itself, which was presented earlier this year at the 2018 ASCP Annual Meeting in Miami. Background The primary goalRead more

Having a chronic condition increases the odds of suicide by 363%, and patients with mental illness are particularly at risk.[1] For individuals contacting sites about possible enrollment in a clinical trial, the call may be their first attempt to reach out for help – yet many do not receive the education and support that couldRead 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

There are currently more than 300 ongoing clinical research studies, mostly in the academic arena, occurring around the world into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in various populations. But those with PTSD may not be the only ones’ suffering. The members of the research teams trying to help those with trauma illnesses, like PTSD, need toRead more

Experts describing recent advances in drug development often drift into hyperbole — but really, can you blame them? Gene therapies and drugs that weaponize the immune system against tumor cells are among recent breakthroughs that were unthinkable even a decade ago. But therapies for central nervous system disorders have been a stubborn exception. “We recognizeRead more

Since the mid-1990s, researchers have struggled to enroll sufficient numbers of patients in their trials for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) therapies. As a result, few new therapies have actually come to market—which is tragic for the 47 million people currently living with the disease. Three key strategies, executed in concert, may help overcome recruitment issues inRead 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

Most trials for potential Alzheimer disease (AD) treatments fail—and the reason may be poor protocol design. After all, typical AD studies are double-blind placebo-controlled parallel group clinical trials with a dual outcome, including a cognitive measure and a global impression of aptitude for the activities of daily living—a trial design originally developed to study cholinesteraseRead more

Roughly 47 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — a number that is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030 and 150 million by 2050. Researchers are pursuing a range of treatments: disease modifying, symptomatic treatment and therapy for behavioral issues. Yet no new therapy has been approved sinceRead more

DURHAM, N.C., NOVEMBER 14, 2017 — By 2030, it’s estimated that 75 million people will suffer from some form of dementia, with the cost of patient care reaching $2 trillion annually. By far the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, the target of 143 drugs now in development. Premier Research will examine challengesRead more

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