The Importance of Clinical Trials

International Clinical Trials day takes place on the 20th May each year to honour the day James Lind began the first clinical trials with control groups. The trial involved 12 people who were given different dietary supplements to see the effect of their diets on scurvy. Clinical trials are used to test new drugs and

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Positive Early-Stage Clinical Data for Biogen Alzheimer’s Drug

Biogen Idec has announced plans to move their investigational Alzheimer’s drug into Phase III trials, after receiving promising early-stage clinical data. Douglas Williams, Biogen Idec’s R&D chief, noted that in the interim analysis of their Phase Ib clinical trial, aducanumab (also known as BIIB037) showed a significant reduction in the beta-amyloid protein in early-stage patients.

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Bayer Starts Phase II Clinical Trial of Riociguat

Bayer HealthCare has confirmed that they have begun a Phase II clinical trial of riociguat for the treatment of diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc). Systemic sclerosis is a rare multisystem, autoimmune disease that results in the overproduction and abnormal growth of collagen, which causes fibrosis of the skin and internal organs.  dcSSc is one of

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World’s Largest Dementia Study Launched in the UK

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced the launch of the world’s largest study into dementia, involving more than two million people.  The clinical study will be conducted through the Medical Research Council and industry partners. The UK Dementias Research Platform (UKDP) will investigate the causes of dementia across a range of different neurodegenerative conditions,

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