DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting Panel to Explore Clinical Trial Enrollment Obstacles

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Patient to drive enrollment discussion by sharing experience in clinical trials.

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Clinical trial patients are often the ‘unsung heroes’ in advancing new therapies. They donate their time and energy to aid researchers in gauging the effectiveness of treatment.

Experts dedicated to enhancing clinical trials will explore hurdles in patient enrollment at the DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting, from June 15 to 19 in San Diego. The session, “The Patient Point-of-View: An Unrehearsed but Revealing Conversation to Rectify Patient Enrollment,” will feature the perspective of T.J. Sharpe, a prominent patient advocate who was the first to undergo a unique sequence of treatments to fight stage 4 melanoma in a clinical trial. Sharpe, who is enrolled in a second clinical trial for the drug lambrolizumab, writes the “Patient #1” blog for http://www.philly.com.

The panel discussion, scheduled for June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, will examine the considerations of clinical trial patients when deciding whether to participate and remain in a study, as well as how researchers can most effectively listen to and address patients’ concerns.

“Clinical trial patients are often the ‘unsung heroes’ in advancing new therapies. They donate their time and energy to aid researchers in gauging the effectiveness of treatment,” said Barbara L. Kunz, DIA global chief executive. “This forum will provide a unique opportunity to learn directly from patients about their clinical trial needs, and how industry can more effectively encourage enrollment.”

ABOUT DIA: DIA is the global connector in the life sciences product development process. Our association of more than 18,000 members builds productive relationships by bringing together regulators, innovators and influencers to exchange knowledge and collaborate in a neutral setting. DIA’s network creates unparalleled opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and has the interdisciplinary experience to prepare for future developments. DIA is an independent, nonprofit organization with its global center in Washington, D.C., USA, and regional offices covering North and South America (Horsham, Pa., USA); Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (Basel, Switzerland); and Japan (Tokyo), India (Mumbai) and China (Beijing). For more information, visit http://www.diahome.org.

ABOUT DIA’s 2014 50th ANNUAL MEETING: Celebrate the Past – Invent the Future is the largest multidisciplinary event that brings together a community of life sciences professionals at all levels and across all disciplines involved in the discovery, development and life cycle management of medical products. The meeting aims to foster innovation that will lead to the development of safe and effective medical products and therapies for patients. For more information, visit http://www.diahome.org/dia2014.

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