Small Army Of Health Professionals Try To Rebuild Trust With Minorities Over Clinical Trials
Minorities have been long-underrepresented in clinical trials. Drugmakers, health care researchers and community organizers nationwide are working to change that trend.
Companies And Communities Face Diversity Gap In Clinical Trials
Faced with an urgent need to recruit more patients of color into clinical trials, researchers are trying a flurry of new ideas — including training black pastors in Chicago to serve as recruiters and sending a bus outfitted with exam rooms throughout rural Georgia. The outreach comes from medical schools, pharma companies, tech entrepreneurs, and even the federal government, which aims to recruit a million volunteers willing to share their genetic and health data with the Precision Medicine Initiative. (Blau, 4/11)
In other medical research news —
Could Organs-On-A-Chip Replace Animals In Medical Testing?
The field of organs-on-chips scored an early victory Tuesday: Boston organ-on-a-chip startup Emulate has partnered with the Food and Drug Administration to test whether the technology works for toxicity screening purposes. (Keshavan, 4/11)