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CTTI Celebrates a Decade of Transforming Clinical Trials

In a public Celebration Symposium on Feb. 6, leaders from across the clinical trials enterprise will gather to celebrate CTTI's 10-year anniversary. The exciting lineup of speakers will share case studies illustrating the benefits of applying CTTI’s clinical trial recommendations and moderate a vibrant exchange of ideas on the future of the clinical trials enterprise.

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CTTI Selected to Support FDA Efforts to Increase Patient Engagement Through New Collaborative

CTTI has been engaged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support its Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC), an effort created in partnership with CTTI to bring together members of the patient community to discuss the best ways for patients to participate in the FDA’s regulatory discussions about medical products.

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CTTI Takes on Site Investigator Turnover in New Recommendations

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) will unveil new recommendations aimed at reducing high rates of turnover among U.S. clinical trial site investigators at the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) Global Site Solutions Summit on Oct. 7. CTTI’s practical solutions address the administrative, financial, and logistical burdens that are causing investigators to abandon clinical research.

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CTTI Addresses Pregnancy Testing Challenges in Clinical Trials with New Recommendations and Online Tool

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) today released new recommendations and an online tool to help research sponsors, investigators, and institutional review boards develop and review pregnancy testing plans, in an effort to conduct safer, more efficient clinical trials.

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CTTI Seeks to Speed Use of Mobile Technology in Clinical Trials through Novel Endpoint Recommendations

Mobile technologies hold enormous promise for clinical research, but uncertainty about how to use the data captured by these devices has slowed progress. CTTI's newly released recommendations and tools aim to change this by providing a pathway for using information gathered from mobile technologies to accelerate the development and evaluation of urgently needed therapies.

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New CTTI Recommendations Provide Path for More Efficient Clinical Trials Using Clinical Registries

Newly released recommendations from the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) have the potential to streamline clinical trials by using registry information. Registries are data collection tools typically used to better understand long-term trends in a specific population, such as patients with a particular disease or patients exposed to a certain treatment.

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Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative Releases New Recommendations to Improve Studies of Antibacterial Drugs for Children

Challenges in conducting antibacterial drug trials for pediatric patients can delay the safe and effective use of treatments for this vulnerable group. CTTI’s new recommendations for making pediatric antibacterial trials more successful. These practical, evidence-based strategies can be applied by research sponsors, investigators, and site staff to improve the quality and efficiency of pediatric antibacterial trials or pediatric trials in other therapeutic areas.

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Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative Releases Recommendations to Enhance the Feasibility of Developing New Antibacterial Drugs

CTTI’s two new sets recommendations outline innovative approaches to designing clinical trials for HABP/VABP, including early enrollment strategies and the streamlined collection of safety data. CTTI convened multi-stakeholder teams to analyze the challenges associated with HABP/VABP trials and develop the proposed solutions. The feasibility of these new approaches will be tested in an upcoming pilot study, the findings of which are expected to help drive adoption of streamlined practices for antibacterial drug development across the clinical trial enterprise.

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Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative Releases New Recommendations and Tools for Improving Patient Recruitment in Clinical Trials

CTTI has released new recommendations and tools for enhancing the efficiency of clinical trial recruitment that are now available for download at http://bit.ly/recruitment-recs. Patient recruitment is a leading challenge in the efficient completion of clinical trials, which can result in wasted resources and delays in bringing new therapies to market. The foundational principle for this new approach is that recruitment planning should be started earlier in the clinical trial development process and continue throughout the implementation.

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New Recommendations to Improve Quality in Clinical Trials

CTTI has issued recommendations and an associated toolkit to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical trials by helping sponsors to focus on study activities that are essential to the safety of trial participants and the reliability of study results, and to reduce or eliminate those activities that are not.

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Clinical Trial Sponsors Fail to Report Results to Participants, Public

Despite legal and ethical mandates for disclosure, results from most clinical trials of medical products are not reported promptly on a registry specifically created to make results of human studies publically available, according to Duke Medicine researchers.

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Investigator Training Efficiencies Highlighted in New CTTI GCP Recommendations

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has announced recommendations to streamline Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training of investigators who participate in clinical trials.

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Clinical Trials: Do Participants Feel Safe?

Potential participants in clinical trials may not have a clear understanding of the methods used by researchers to ensure the safety of investigational drugs they are given.

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New Executive Committee Members Named to Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI)

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has named new members to its Executive Committee, expanding the breadth of expertise for leaders advising CTTI on its strategy for transforming clinical research.

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Cancer Studies Often Lack Necessary Rigor to Answer Key Questions

Fueled in part by an inclination to speed new treatments to patients, research studies for cancer therapies tend to be smaller and less robust than for other diseases.

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Treatments, Not Prevention, Dominate Diabetes Research

Research for diabetes is far more focused on drug therapies than preventive measures, and tends to exclude children and older people who have much to gain from better disease management, according to a Duke Medicine study.

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Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) Forms Patient Leadership Council to Help Drive Improvements in Clinical Trials

As part of an effort to improve the way clinical trials are conducted, the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has formed a 16-member council to engage patient advocates in its mission.

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Conducting Multi-Center Trials: New Recommendations and Tool for Research

A collaborative research team established by the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) created a new tool and recommendations to improve the efficiency and quality of multi-center clinical trials.

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Children Underrepresented in Drug Studies

The number of clinical trials enrolling children is far lower than for adults, and the scope of research is also narrower, according to an analysis of public-access data conducted by researchers at Duke University.

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New Executive Committee Named to Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has named a 14-member Executive Committee, resetting CTTI’s strategic direction, and ensuring that the organization informs and facilitates meaningful improvements to clinical trial design and conduct.

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Study Shows Clinical Trials Fall Short of High-Quality Evidence Needed To Guide Medical Decision-Making

The largest comprehensive analysis of ClinicalTrials.gov finds that clinical trials are falling short of producing high-quality evidence needed to guide medical decision-making.

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First Report from Public-Private Partnership Shows Variability in How Clinical Trials Are Monitored

Results from a study assessing how clinical trial quality is monitored in the U.S. reveal a variety of monitoring approaches, the choice of which appears to relate to the type of organizational sponsor for the trial.

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Results and Recommendations: New Recommendations from Public-Private Partnership Aim to Improve Clinical Trial Quality and Safety

A public-private partnership comprising over 60 organizations has announced recommendations to improve clinical trials by ensuring quality with effective and efficient monitoring and improving safety through better methods of reporting unexpected serious adverse events to investigators.

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Coalition to Transform Clinical Trials Names Executive Board

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has named a 12-member Executive Board that will oversee its activities.

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FDA and Duke Collaborate to Modernize Clinical Trials

Under an agreement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Duke University Medical Center, Duke will host a Public-Private Partnership that will include broad representation from government, industry, patient advocacy groups, professional societies, and academia.

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FDA and Duke Launch Public-Private Partnership to Modernize Clinical Trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Duke University Medical Center have begun a collaboration aimed at modernizing the way clinical trials are conducted.

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