CTTI Meetings

The Fastest Path to Effective COVID-19 Treatments: Using Master Protocol Studies

CTTI Project: Clinical Trials Issues Related to COVID-19

Meeting Location

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Materials: 


Watch Public Summit

Presentation Slides

Survey Results Slides


Meeting Overview:


CTTI hosted The Fastest Path to Effective COVID-19 Treatments: Using Master Protocol Studies Public Summit on Wed., Jan. 13. The summit, conducted as a webinar and moderated by Pamela Tenaerts, CTTI, included a welcome from Janet Woodcock, Operation Warp Speed; a call-to-action from Robert M. Califf, Verily and Google Health; and panel discussions moderated by Ester Krofah, FasterCures, and Mark McClellan, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. The panel focused on solutions related to scaling master protocols, including: 


  • Overcoming barriers to starting up sites
  • Increasing participants at existing sites
  • Using the COVID experience to inform our preparedness for future pandemics

The public summit also addressed the status of COVID-19 clinical trials, including results from a recent CTTI analysis of data from ClinicalTrials.gov and findings of a pre-summit survey that offered best practices and insights from those involved in COVID-19 treatment master protocols, specifically those setting up new sites and recruiting participants at existing sites. 


This public summit is part of a collaborative effort with the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute.



Articles of Interest

Master Protocol COVID Treatment Resources