Tag: Neuroscience

Disease-Modifying Therapies in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disorders

The landscape for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis has changed significantly over the past decade, but there is still only one conditionally FDA-approved medication. Despite extensive research and many expensive clinical trials, more than 200 investigational programs have failed or been abandoned in the past 10 years alone. New treatments are needed to prevent Alzheimer’s, delay its...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Premier Insight 278: A Decade-Long Partnership Culminates in FDA Approval

Background Psychiatric conditions are complex, chronic, often debilitating diseases, and there remains a persistent need for novel medications with proven efficacy and safety. Many of the established antipsychotic agents are highly effective but are associated with significant side effects that may negatively impact adherence and patients’ experiences with treatment. Thus, recent research has focused on...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

PharmaTimes: Parkinson’s Disease and Gene Therapy – Strategic and Operational Considerations

The gene therapy era can be said to have begun in 1990, when the first gene therapy clinical trial took place. Some 3,000 clinical trials have followed that first study, a resounding affirmation of innovators’ increasing recognition of gene therapy’s breakthrough possibilities for treating a diverse range of disorders — especially afflictions with limited or...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Alternative Designs to the Traditional 3+3 Design in Phase 1 Dose Escalation Studies, Upcoming Webinar

TORONTO (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 08, 2021 Phase 1 clinical trials aim to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of a new molecule with the goal of identifying a recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D), often the MTD itself. Ideally, the RP2D would have adequate therapeutic effect to demonstrate preliminary signs of efficacy in Phase 2, but many...

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Parkinson’s: Why Has Disease Modification Failed — and What Now?

Researchers have made many attempts at disease modification as they pursue breakthroughs in treating Parkinson’s disease, but so far without success. Why have these efforts failed, and what’s next in treating this degenerative disorder that affects an estimated 10 million people worldwide? We tackled these questions in a Premier Research webcast, The Potential for Disease...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Finding the Path to Disease Modification in Parkinson’s Disease

Among common degenerative disorders, Parkinson’s disease strikes more frequently than all but one: Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s affects about 1 percent of the population over age 60 and claims 60,000 new diagnoses in the United States each year.[1] The cause of Parkinson’s remains a mystery, and the dopamine promoter levodopa — notwithstanding its limitations — has been...

New Research Highlights the Challenges of Studying Alzheimer’s Disease

Recently, researchers at King’s College London published a study in Translational Psychiatry on a feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that, they suggest, may be the reason so many clinical trials targeting this disease have failed. In this new study, the researchers found that when amyloid beta (Abeta) destroys a synapse, the...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Making the Case for Long-acting Antipsychotic Treatment

Medical science is making significant advances in treating schizophrenia, but for all the progress we’ve seen, patients don’t benefit much unless they regularly take their medications. Second-generation (or atypical) long-acting injectable antipsychotic treatments (LATs) that ensure consistent administration of medication have become widely available over the past 15 years, but they remain a tough sell...

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Operational Challenges of Neuroscience Clinical Trials, Part 4: Assessment Subjectivity

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. This...