How machine learning can help to future-proof clinical trials in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global healthcare crisis of our generation, presenting enormous challenges to medical research, including clinical

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public's trust – and it's risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~7 min

‘Pill on a string’ test to transform oesophageal cancer diagnosis

A ‘pill on a string’ test can identify ten times more people with Barrett’s oesophagus than the usual GP route, after results from a 3-year trial were

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

COVID-19 vaccine is showing promise in phase 1 trial

"These interim results are very encouraging," says Evan Anderson of a COVID-19 vaccine in a phase 1 clinical trial.

Quinn Eastmann-Emory • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Despite inequities, studies still overlook minorities

Of the roughly 1,500 COVID-19 research studies registered on, only a handful currently report collecting data on ethnicity. That's a problem.

Rajee Suri-Emory • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~4 min

Could pressure for COVID-19 drugs lead the FDA to lower its standards?

The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?

Leigh Turner, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, School of Public Health, & College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~10 min

From the research lab to your doctor's office – here's what happens in phase 1, 2, 3 drug trials

Drugs and vaccines to fight the coronavirus are already in clinical trials. It is important to understand the difference between each step in this process as efforts to fight COVID-19 continue.

Mindy Aisen, Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of Southern California • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: A new review of several studies shows flaws in research and no benefit

Our expert assessed all the controlled studies so far on hydroxychloroquine. His findings may surprise you.

C. Michael White, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~7 min

What is a clinical trial? A health policy expert explains

The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.

Zoe McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Coronavirus: what is plasma therapy?

A century old therapy is being tested on patients with COVID-19.

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min