Research Ethics Education a critical priority for WCGF: New Grant Opportunities Offered.

In addition to its current grants to support travel, lodging and living expenses to enable research professionals from resource-poor countries to study research ethics and management, WCGF has expanded grant opportunities to include grants for salary support and Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. Through the salary support grants, WCGF aims to assist faculty members in [...]

2017-09-27T06:07:56+00:00October 11, 2017|General|

How are physicians and researchers working to make clinical trials more diverse?

The reasons minority participants avoid clinical trials are well documented. Historical lack of consent,  little diversity within the research team, and a percieved lack of relevance could all seem to push patients away. But researchers are working with community leaders, introducing trial navigators and working with doctors who have many patients from minority communities are [...]

2017-09-27T06:07:48+00:00October 10, 2017|General|

What’s the procedure for getting access to an investigational drug in an emergency?

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released a Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) for the use of an investigational drug in an emergency - whether during or outside business hours. Because of the urgent nature of these requests, the FDA reviews the applications as soon as they're received. Also, because this process [...]

2017-09-27T06:07:39+00:00October 6, 2017|General|

How many types of cells are in the human body? Two hundred? More? A researcher found a new way to take a census of cells.

There are around 37 trillion cells in the human body. But those can be categorized into how many types? A simple Google search will yield a result of about 200, but some researchers, including Jay Shendure, a geneticist at the University of Washington, think that number is quite low. Therefore, Dr. Shendure has created a [...]

2017-09-14T14:25:22+00:00September 29, 2017|General|

How can patients, who often don’t enroll in clinical trials because they are far from home, join trials that could save their lives? 

As the ubiquity and growing dependability of online communication grows, telemedicine has proven to be a boon for patients, especially those in rural areas where the number of physicians is dwindling. And, as discoveries in the lab have been leading to promising medical treatments, the supply of patients hasn’t been able to meet the demand [...]

2017-09-14T14:25:34+00:00September 26, 2017|General|

What is expanded access and how can a desperately ill patient find treatment through this process? Are there online tools available for navigating the steps needed?

Expanded access, also known as compassionate use, is a process by which a patient can petition both the maker of an experimental treatment and the US Food and Drug Administration for access to the treatment outside a clinical trial. The Regan-Udall Foundation has created an Expanded Access Navigator to educate patients and their physicians about [...]

2017-09-14T14:25:45+00:00September 22, 2017|General|

How many drugs provided through expanded access actually get marketing approval from the FDA?

A new study from Bioethics International shows that a majority of drugs provided to very ill patients via the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) expanded access program - 76% - eventually gain marketing approval from FDA. However, few safety and efficacy data from expanded access uses are reported to the public before such approval.

2017-09-14T14:26:03+00:00September 19, 2017|General|

Leading cancer organizations have formed a coalition and provided recommendations to extend better care to minorities. What do they suggest?

A summit attended by healthcare experts and representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Cancer Society, the American Society for Cancer Research (ASCR), and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) convened, producing a list of recommendations to extend better cancer screening and care to currently underserved minority populations. Among the recommendations is to [...]

2017-09-14T14:26:13+00:00September 15, 2017|General|
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