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Watertown, MA, May 17, 2016 – The Pediatric Heart Network and NERI’s Media & Dissemination team are pleased to announce that the Pediatric Heart Network website received the Silver Award of Recognition in the 2016 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded 20 years ago, this year’s competition received over 6,000 entries from across the world.
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Watertown, MA, May 3, 2016 – Racial/ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans and Hispanic Americans are widely believed to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Research has frequently identified obesity as a key factor in this increased risk among racial/ethnic minorities. Lifestyle factors like health dietary habits and physical activity certainly contribute to disparities in diabetes diagnoses among different ethnic groups. However, a recent analysis published in the journal Diabetes Care found that socioeconomic factors like income and education may play a key role in diabetes risk among African American and Hispanic adults.
Reductions in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are commonly attributed to modifications in infant sleep environments. However, a new study in the January 2016 issue of Pediatrics (published online Wednesday, Dec. 2) says that while making the sleep environment safer was critical to reducing the number of SIDS deaths, SIDS mortality has also followed trends in overall post-neonatal mortality. These findings suggest that efforts addressing the sleep environment must be coupled with understanding intrinsic biological pathways in order to address the underlying vulnerability to SIDS and reduce the currently plateaued SIDS rate. NERI statisticians Felicia Trachtenberg and Brian Harty contributed to this work.
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Watertown, MA, January 23, 2017
The FDA reported 14 Phase 3 trials in which the investigational medicinal product (IMP) failed to demonstrate efficacy, 1 Phase 3 trial failed to demonstrate safety, and 7 Phase 3 trials failed to demonstrate both.
This report highlights to the CRO industry that, although we made rapid and positive advances in improving the clinical trial processes (such as combining phases of trials and finding alternatives to traditional large scale Phase 3 trials), we should not be lulled into a false sense of security.
Alternatives to pivotal Phase 3 trials may not always be appropriate, as demonstrated by cases where inaccurate prediction of safety and/or efficacy for an IMP can have negative public health impact.
That’s where NERI’s teams excel – from our scientists to project managers, statisticians, data managers, clinical research associates, and support staff. Each job function realizes the importance of their contributions in designing and executing clinical trials. We understand that even if an IMP has a positive target product profile (TPP) there are still possibilities that the IMP could fail in later phase studies for effectiveness, safety, or both. We realize our jobs are critical to the process to ensure scientific integrity including data quality at all stages of collection, analysis, and reporting.
That is why our motto is: our people are our greatest assets.
Our staff understand their important role as it pertains to the report’s conclusion: “As we continue to explore alternatives to requiring phase 3 testing, it is important to keep in mind the benefits they provide to both patients and to the medical research enterprise.”
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