“It is our responsibility that people know the truth,” said keynote speaker Dr. Robert Califf, urging attendees of the 2018 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards to make their work more accessible to the public. “This is remarkable science. But the average person getting on the internet will believe what they read, not the evidence. We have to help people get the right information,” added Dr. Califf, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and vice chancellor for health data and science at Duke Health and senior manager, Verily Science.
The event, held on April 18 in Washington D.C., honored outstanding achievements in clinical research, such as the human trial of an anti-Zika virus DNA vaccine, and the effects of long-term use of steroidal injections for knee osteoarthritis. Research!America board members Dr. E. Albert Reece, dean, University of Maryland Medical School, and Dr. Herbert Pardes, executive vice chairman, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, commended the researchers on their achievements, citing the impact of clinical research on health and health care delivery.