Deepak Behera MD, Brian R Coulter & Kristin Andruska MD, Ph.D
Dr. Deepak Behera started the presentation by describing the challenges and opportunities associated with clinical trials. He explained the challenges faced at the various levels being the sponsors, patients, and physician level. He shed light on the lack of participation at the community hospital levels. Although 80% of physicians would like to participate in clinical trials, those that do are less than 15% and the numbers are surprisingly similar when it even comes to patient participation on the recommendation by their physician. Brian Coulter later took us through the steps involved in overcoming these challenges and lastly Dr. Kristin Andruska explained in detail about the smooth execution of the clinical trials. With their help and guidance, we hope to see higher participation from both the physicians and patients in clinical trials.