This is the second in our series from MJFF staff on the conferences theyíre attending and how they hope to contribute to and benefit from the experience.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) provides more than financial research support. In an effort to overcome the challenge of study participant recruitment, MJFF built Fox Trial Finder to connect interested volunteers with Parkinsonís disease studies they may be eligible for and interested in. Director of Clinical Trial Strategies Claire Meunier helped launch Fox Trial Finder and also works with coordinators of MJFF-supported studies to devise individualized strategies to meet recruitment and retention goals.
Claire has been asked to present at two upcoming conferences on her work with patient engagement, and she talked to FoxFeed about these events.
ďNext month Iíll be in Boston for Global Clinical Trials, an event from The Conference Forum, which promotes information exchange among the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Iím on a panel titled ďDesigning Patient-centric Protocols to Increase Global Patient Engagement/Reducing Protocol Complexity.Ē For a panel on reducing complexity, thatís a long title, but I hope our messages will be clear. Iím going to talk about putting oneself in the shoes of the patient when designing the trial and when engaging with potential volunteers.
"In early November Iím headed to Las Vegas to present at the Patient Engagement in Alzheimerís Disease Clinical Trials meeting at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Iíll talk about Fox Trial Finder: the driving need for this tool, the successes weíve had and the challenges in implementing and running such a program. Iím glad organizers across disease sectors are working together to learn from one another. Iím proud that our work is recognized as a model in the field, but I know Iíll get a lot out of hearing what my peers are up to, too.Ē
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