clinical research

As America’s aging population increases, so too do concerns about the cognitive health of our nation’s seniors. Promoting and protecting the brain health of all Americans is a cornerstone of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission. This year we are launching an ambitious research effort to better understand steps seniors can take to improve brain health and reduce their risk of cognitive decline. The Alzheimer's Association U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) is a two-year clinical trial to evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously target many risk factors protect cognitive function in older adults who are at...
Over 5.7 million critically ill patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in the U.S. each year. For over two decades, I have led research to reduce risk and prevent serious complications for these vulnerable patients. Ventilator-associated pneumonia is one of the most common complications associated with critical illness. In the 1990s, about one in four patients on a hospital ventilator breathing machine contracted pneumonia and half would die. The protocols I developed through studies funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) led to clinical practice changes and a significant decrease in ICU ventilator-associated...
Dear Research Advocate: A special thanks to Grace Stuntz and Nick Bath of the Senate HELP Committee for meeting with Research!America alliance members on Tuesday to discuss the committee’s 2018 research-related priorities, among which opioid response legislation is front and center. The HELP Committee has passed a bipartisan bill and is working on determining likely amendments in anticipation of a floor vote; the House Energy & Commerce Committee hopes to approve a package and secure House passage by Memorial Day. The opioid bills in both Houses reflect the diversity of research disciplines (and associated funding) needed to overcome complex public health threats like this one; for...
By Alan G. Kraut, Executive Director of the Association for Psychological Science In the minds of many people, there is a separation between biomedical research and behavioral research. But that separation is artificial. Behavior is at the core of many health problems. Six out of 10 of the leading causes of premature death, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, are linked in part to genetic influences but also to controllable behaviors like physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking. Our 25,000 members are scientists and educators at the nation’€™s universities and colleges, conducting federally funded basic and applied, theoretical, and clinical research. They look at such things...
Clinical research is key to saving lives, lowering health care costs and reducing waste and inefficiencies in our health care system. To highlight the latest insights from prominent health and research leaders, The Association of Clinical Research Organization has launched a new video series about the importance of clinical research. In the latest installment, John Lewis, Vice President of Public Affairs interviews Research!America president and CEO, Mary Woolley about what’€™s next for research, the public perception of clinical trials and how we should encourage more minority participation in clinical trials. According to a recent Research!America poll , altruism is a strong motivating...
Clinical research is key to saving lives, lowering health care costs and reducing waste and inefficiencies in our health care system. To highlight the latest insights from prominent health and research leaders, The Association of Clinical Research Organization has launched a new video series about the importance of clinical research. In the latest installment, John Lewis, Vice President of Public Affairs interviews Research!America president and CEO, Mary Woolley about what’€™s next for research, the public perception of clinical trials and how we should encourage more minority participation in clinical trials. According to a recent Research!America poll , altruism is a strong motivating...
By Tyler Wiechman Wiechman currently works in the cardiovascular specialty of a privately owned pharmaceutical company working with specialists and hospitals in the Central Pennsylvania Region. He withdrew from a PhD in biomedical sciences from the Penn State University Hershey College of Medicine and received his BS in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. He has worked for three different labs focusing on Neurological/Psychological health and behavior. Aspiring medical scientists face increasing pressure as they aim to eradicate a disease state, find a new genetic marker for cancer or any number of neurological diseases, or create the next clinically sound pharmaceutical...
By Tyler Wiechman Wiechman currently works in the cardiovascular specialty of a privately owned pharmaceutical company working with specialists and hospitals in the Central Pennsylvania Region. He withdrew from a PhD in biomedical sciences from the Penn State University Hershey College of Medicine and received his BS in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. He has worked for three different labs focusing on Neurological/Psychological health and behavior. Aspiring medical scientists face increasing pressure as they aim to eradicate a disease state, find a new genetic marker for cancer or any number of neurological diseases, or create the next clinically sound pharmaceutical...
Low Percentage Hear About Clinical Trials from Health Care Providers ALEXANDRIA, Va.’€”July 31, 2013 ’€”Altruism is a strong motivating factor for clinical trial participation in the general population and even more so among several minority groups. A significant percentage of African-Americans (61%), Hispanics (57%) and Asians (50%) say it’€™s very important to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial to improve the health of others, compared to 47% of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America. These findings are tempered by the reality that participation remains disturbingly low among all groups. When asked if they or...
LOW PERCENTAGE HEAR ABOUT CLINICAL TRIALS FROM HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ALEXANDRIA, Va. – July 31, 2013 – Altruism is a strong motivating factor for clinical trial participation in the general population and even more so among several minority groups.A significant percentage of African-Americans (61%), Hispanics (57%) and Asians (50%) say it's very important to participate as a volunteer in a clinical trial to improve the health of others, compared to 47% of non-Hispanic whites, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America. These findings are tempered by the reality that participation remains disturbingly low among all groups. When asked if they or someone...

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Pam Hirata, heart disease survivor