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Guest Spotlight: Annie Finstein A Message to the Medical Community

By Beth Davis Heppenstall on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 | 5 min read

Rounding out our Study Voices panel for BBK's keynote “Do Engagement Tools Live Up to Their Hype?” is panelist, Annie Finstein. She is looking forward to sharing her experience as a patient and participant in a clinical research study on February 19 at the SCOPE conference. 

Annie was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2000 at nine years old. After trying all available medications approved for pediatric patients at that time, she participated in a pediatric study at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Now in her late 20s, she enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, cooking and gardening at her home in Boston. Annie is committed to making a difference and connects with other patients impacted by Crohn’s disease by running half marathons with Team Challenge, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program.Annie_Finstein

What was most rewarding to you as a participant in a clinical research study?

It was most rewarding to know that I was helping advance the treatment of Crohn’s disease for pediatric patients, and that my participation might not only help me but also other kids suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Patient Engagement, Patient Centricity, Patient Advocacy, Conferences, clinical trials, Patient, Patient Experience

Guest Spotlight: Gerald Dryden Site Feasibility and Protocol Design

By Beth Davis Heppenstall on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 | 5 min read

BBK’s signature Pharma15 Live! web series is coming to the 10th Annual SCOPE Summit for Clinical Ops Executives. On February 19, Bonnie A. Brescia, BBK’s founding principal, will moderate a panel during the conference’s plenary keynote program on the topic of “Do Engagement Tools Live Up to Their Hype?” 

We are pleased to introduce one of our panelists, Gerald Wayne Dryden, Jr., MD, PhD, MSPH, MSc of University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Gerald Dryden

Dr. Gerald “Tad” Dryden is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY.  He earned his MD at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. He then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.  During his tenure at the University of Louisville, he earned a Master of Science in Public Health, a Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology, and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Dryden’s research interests include developing new therapies from botanical sources and new medical devices to improve endoscopic care.

What is most rewarding to you as you consider your contribution to clinical trial research?

It is very rewarding when I am involved with a drug from the ground up -- seeing research patients benefit from the drug, then eventually being able to prescribe it to my clinic patients.

Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Physician Referrals, Patient Engagement, Site Support, Patient, Patient Experience, Pharma15

The Impact a Travel Program Can Have on Your Patient Recruitment and Engagement Success

By BBK Worldwide on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 | 2 min read

When it comes to the benefits travel programs offer in support of clinical trials, opinions are varied. In a recent article published in International Clinical Trials, BBK’s Hannu Koski and Rob Laurens present compelling data with industry insights. “Talking Travel” looks at the appeal travel assistance programs have from the patients’ perspective.

Topics: BBK Worldwide, Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Trends, Patient Travel, Patient, Patient Experience, Patient Data

What We’re Reading: HONY Raises Awareness (and Funds) to Fight Pediatric Cancer

By Juli Greenwood on Thu, May 19, 2016 | 3 min read

If you follow Humans of New York (HONY) on Facebook – and with more than 17 million followers, I expect you do – then you’ve been inspired by and often heartsick over this week’s stories told from the Pediatrics Department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Topics: Pediatric Studies, clinical research, Patient

 
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