A Viewpoint on the Current State of Clinical Trials on the Path to Transformation from Dr. Robert Califf


Robert CaliffDuring this webinar, Dr. Robert Califf, former Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Fortin Professor of Cardiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, examined the current state of the clinical trials enterprise. Specifically, he addressed recent developments that have major implications for the clinical research enterprise in the United States, including the opportunities enabled by growing access to digital sources of data, the increasing importance of patient-reported outcomes, and the power of patient engagement in reshaping approaches to clinical research. As the recent head of FDA, Dr. Califf was directly involved in cross-agency efforts to modernize the national system for conducting clinical research by articulating a large, flexible, and widely shared approach to evidence generation (known as “EvGen”) that could leverage rapidly expanding sources of digital health data to produce high-quality, actionable information for patients and healthcare providers.

A particularly important aspect of these “EvGen” efforts hinges on effectively engaging patients and their advocates as partners in research, particularly as digital technologies and patient-reported outcomes data present new potential for the rapid and seamless acquisition of health data that is truly representative of broad and diverse populations. Ultimately, it is hoped that this new national research infrastructure will enable more rapid, representative, affordable, and generalizable clinical trials that can provide the high-quality evidence to enable a true learning health system. Many of these activities draw upon insights that were developed through pioneering investigations sponsored by CTTI, whose efforts will continue to shape national approaches to the creation and implementation medical knowledge.

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Dr. Califf, who served as an original co-chair of CTTI and was instrumental in its creation, is a prominent cardiologist and clinical researcher whose career as a physician, teacher, researcher, and regulator spans more than three decades. Dr. Califf has provided leadership for numerous high-impact clinical trials and has been at the forefront of innovation in clinical research methods.