Data Management & Biostatistics

Data Management & Biostatistics

Discover the Vital Intersection Where Data Ops Meets Quality Assurance at SCDM

Join us at SCDM 2018 for a session chaired by Sara Doolittle, Associate Director of Data Operations While quality assurance and data operations are generally considered separate entities in clinical drug research, in theory and in practice they are intertwined at multiple levels involving numerous stakeholders. Sara Doolittle, Premier Research’s Associate Director of Data Operations,...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Demystifying the Differences Between DMCs and CECs

In a clinical trial landscape where global, multi-center studies have become increasingly common, trial monitoring has become more complex. Regulations require that sponsors of medical device studies perform site monitoring to ensure that investigators are compliant with federal regulations, sponsor agreements, the investigational plan and the requirements set forth in the Investigational Review Board (IRB)...

Data Management & Biostatistics

ICH GCP Update: Sponsor Control of Clinical Trial Data

Under the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), sponsors have extensive responsibilities for ensuring not only the ethical and scientific quality of clinical trials, but also the protection of study participants and the integrity of clinical trial data. The recent update of...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Beyond Meltdown and Spectre: Our Take on IT Security

No doubt you’ve heard much about Meltdown and Spectre, major security defects in the microprocessors that underpin nearly all of the world’s computers. Hackers, the world learned in early January, can exploit these defects to steal the entire memory contents of PCs, mobile devices, and the servers that make up cloud computing networks. That puts...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Patient-Reported Outcomes in Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, complex pain condition characterized by widespread pain and a diverse range of symptomatic manifestations, including fatigue, sleep disturbance, dyscognition, diminished physical functioning, and mood disturbances. To date, patient-reported outcomes remain the best method for characterizing the many facets of fibromyalgia. Patient-reported outcomes are gaining traction as a highly effective option for...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

The Placebo Problem, Part 6: Measuring the Placebo Response

This is the next installment of our look at the increasingly high placebo response that is plaguing clinical trials in analgesia and psychiatry. Check out the other posts here. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed the psychological, neurobiological, and genetic mechanisms responsible for the placebo response. Today, we turn to the study designs used...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Premier Research Joins TriNetX Global Health Research Network to Access Real-Time Site & Patient Metrics

DURHAM, N.C., JULY 21, 2017 — Premier Research, seeking to accelerate clinical trial design and patient recruitment to better serve its highly innovative customers, has signed an agreement with TriNetX to allow direct query access to its global health research network, comprised of healthcare organizations representing over 84 million patients globally. The Durham-based contract research organization will use TriNetX’s cloud-based platform...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Endpoint Data Capture Strategy: 4 Questions for Sponsors

For a Clinical Endpoint Committee (CEC) to make important decisions, it needs the data to do so. That’s why developing an effective and reliable endpoint data capture strategy is a vital part of working with a CEC. Before starting a clinical trial, sponsors should be able to answer these questions. 1. What needs to be defined?...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

8 Steps to Jump-Starting a CEC

In our previous CECs blogpost, we reviewed why Clinical Endpoint Committees (CECs) are so crucial for successful trials today. But just how do sponsors establish and operate a CEC? It’s a complex process that can be broken down into these eight key steps: 1. Understand the deep level of commitment required in putting a CEC together....

Data Management & Biostatistics

Premier Insight 244: Data Management: A Growing Challenge, Made Easier

Every day, the world creates and stores 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. If you really must know, that’s 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. We’re piling it up faster than ever, too — so fast that 90 percent of the data that exists today was created in the past two years. Moving and sharing all that information is a...