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The Colors of COVID Town Hall Event: The Ethical Engagement of Minority Communities in COVID Clinical Research
In April, the Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity’s Dr. Stephen B. Thomas partnered with FHI Clinical for a frank conversation by experts about COVID and how to encourage Brown and Black communities to participate in clinical research.
Michelle Atallah, Director, Business Development, discusses how FHI Clinical quickly adopted new ways to enable fully remote site monitoring in some of our ongoing studies.
FHI Clinical continues to work with researchers to identify and initiate global sites with the most appropriate capabilities and patient population for study-specific protocols. While the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have presented unique challenges this past year, there are many lessons learned that we can apply to all of our future studies for a larger impact and gained efficiencies.
A question I often hear is, “What are you most looking forward to after lockdown?” My answer relates to something that happened just as the pandemic was taking off in the United States last year: FHI Clinical was awarded the oversight of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL) Network and had to recruit, hire and train over 200 staff in Liberia to manage the PREVAIL work. Due to travel restrictions and the unknown risks of COVID, we had to do this remotely.
2020 WOCIP Annual Conference: Educating, Empowering and Elevating Women of Color in Pharma Worldwide
“Educate, Empower, Elevate!” was the theme for the most recent conference for Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP), a nonprofit aiming to promote the development and advancement of women of color who are employed in the pharmaceutical industry. We asked FHI Clinical team members, Tafoya Hubbard and LaTonya Jones to share some thoughts about their experiences during the 2020 two-day virtual event.
We were honored to be part of the important discussion in a recent webinar from the African Academy of Sciences — “Strengthening the African clinical trials regulatory and ethics environment” — about extending research to areas where FHI 360/FHI Clinical has worked for decades. Participants included representatives of the AAS, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Novartis and FHI Clinical.
The Elusive COVID-19 Patient: Subject Recruitment Remains Challenging Despite Increasing Case Numbers
FHI Clinical has found that our sponsors and our own teams face a number of challenges to patient recruitment in COVID-19 trials. In this blog post, we discuss these limitations and how FHI Clinical is working with sponsors to develop strategies to address them.