Optimizing Clinical Trial Design

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Level: Plenary Session
Room: Majestic D
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Clinical trials are designed to detect a therapeutic effect in a specific patient population. However, it has become clear that careful assessment of the clinical trial design is as important as the therapeutic intervention. Specifically, identifying an appropriate outcome measure or utilizing an adaptive trial design may improve the likelihood of trial success. Moreover, understanding the heterogeneity of your trial population with regard to factors such as gender, ethnicity and even genetic background should be explored prior to trial enrollment. As the pace of neurotherapeutics increases, creative and innovative clinical trials with regard to enrollment, design and outcomes are necessary.


  • Recognize the use of patient reported outcomes, novel clinical outcome measures and adaptive trial design.
    Judge the limitations of clinical trial data with regard to efficacy.
    Compare the benefits and pitfalls of adaptive trial design, patient reported outcomes and novel clinical outcomes.