Advisory Council February 2017 Meeting Presentation: Clinical Studies Recruitment Strategy



Friday, February 3, 2017

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Clinical Studies Recruitment Strategy: Update from NIA

Laurie Ryan, Ph.D.
Chief, Dementias of Aging Branch
Division of Neuroscience, NIA/NIH

Considerations in Building Participation

  • Recruitment challenges
  • NIA research implementation milestones --recruitment
  • Building public, private sector efforts at the national and local level

Recruitment Challenges

  • Need for research participants
    • National Alzheimer's Plan goal: cure or treatment by 2025
    • 150+ trials seeking 70,000+ volunteers -- 10 times that number will need to be screened

Challenges for AD/ADRD Studies

  • Primary care providers' need for support and resources to assess cognition, refer to studies
  • Tools and resources to help researchers apply best practices to recruitment
  • Barriers to participation for underrepresented communities
  • Study partner requirement
  • Invasive procedures
  • Pre-symptomatic trials

NIH Research Implementation Milestones
Drill Down from NAPA Milestones

  • National Plan
    • Research: Prevention/Treatment Research; Care Research; Services Research
      • NIH Research Implementation Milestones
    • Care: Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency
    • Services: Expand Supports for People with AD/ADRD and their Families

86 individual research implementation milestones focused on specific research topics -- across 15 implementation areas

NIH Areas of Focus

  • Grant mechanisms and programmatic enhancements
    • Create grant application requirements to support recruitment
    • Provide a recruitment repository for investigators
  • Targeted outreach
    • Bridge the gap between research and clinical care with outreach, including tools and information, to clinicians
    • Leverage digital and other new communications tools to reach a wider audience of both clinicians and general public
  • Convene and facilitate
    • Convene and facilitate national discussion to develop, implement a shared national strategy for clinical studies recruitment

NIH Clinical Trial Policy Changes: Upgrading attention to recruitment

Clinical Trial Journey with NIH Stewardship Reforms.

Moving Forward

  • Initial informal meetings at AAIC, NIA in 2016 share current approaches, new ideas to boost public participation
  • Volunteer AD/ADRD recruitment strategies steering group formed
  • Drafting National Strategy for AD/ADRD Recruitment now underway
  • Public input ongoing, Spring 2017 meeting to discuss draft strategy
  • Finalize strategy by July 2017
  • Begin implementation

Thank you!

For More Info Contact: Kelley Landy, New NIA Recruitment Coordinator in the NIA Office of Communication and Public Liaison

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