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Innovation in Clinical Trial Methodologies - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128244906, 9780323860062

Innovation in Clinical Trial Methodologies

1st Edition

Lessons Learned during the Corona Pandemic

Editor: Peter Schueler
Paperback ISBN: 9780128244906
eBook ISBN: 9780323860062
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2020
Page Count: 202
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Innovation in Clinical Trial Methodologies: Lessons Learned during the Corona Pandemic presents a selection of updated chapters from Re-Engineering Clinical Trials that feature innovative options and methods in clinical trials. The Coronavirus pandemic is an accelerator for digitalization in many industries, including clinical trials. This book considers best practices, alternative study concepts requiring fewer patients, studies with less patient interaction, the design of "virtualized" protocols, and moving from data to decisions. This book will be helpful to pharmacologists, physicians and clinical researchers involved in the process of clinical development and clinical trial design.

Key Features

  • Considers multiple digital and virtual strategies
  • Explores best practices, including the use of reduced patient involvement
  • Brings together expert, trusted information to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical trials


Pharmacologists, physicians and clinical researchers involved in the process of clinical development and clinical trial design

Table of Contents

Section 1 Introduction
1. Is the Covid pandemic an accelerator for digitalization?
2. Best practices for streamlined development

Section 2 Alternative study concepts requiring less patients
3. Use of historic data
4. Adaptive and platform trials
5. A vision: Studies without patients

Section 3 Studies with less patient interaction
6. Home Nursing replacing site visits
7. Telemedicine replacing site visits

Section 4 Design of "virtualized" protocols
8. Data mining for better protocols
9. Patient-centric registries for population enrichment
10. Make a protocol "patient centric"
11. The use of new digital endpoints
12. Regulations for apps in clinical trials
13. The role of the site and the patient
14. A real virtual trial

Section 5 From data to decisions
15. Data standards against data overload
16. Data analytics for operational excellence
17. Taking control of high data volume
18. Share the (digital) knowledge based on quality data

Section 6 Conclusions


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About the Editor

Peter Schueler

Peter Schüler is Senior Vice President, Global Medical & Safety Services, ICON Plc. Peter is board certified in neurology (1996; German Medical Board) and in Pharmaceutical Medicine (2001; Swiss Medical Association). In 1999 in obtained a Certificate in Business Administration by Henley Management College, UK. After his medical education he started is professional career in 1987 at the Medical Imaging Application Center of Siemens AG Medical Solutions. The same year he started at the Department of Experimental Neuropsychiatry of the Neurological University Hospital Erlangen, Germany. During the coming 8 years he was involved in basic and clinical CNS research. He held the position of Secretary General of the German section of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE; 1991-1995) and was awarded two scientific awards (Alfred-Hauptman epilepsy prize and ILAE Young Investigator Award). In 1995 he joined Pharmacia. During that period, he participated in the launch of two NCEs in the indications Parkinson’s and major depression. In October 2000 he moved into the CRO business, building a department for Medical Affairs and also taking over responsibilities for clinical operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2007, Peter joined ICON, now overseeing over 360 people located in 11 major offices in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, UK and US. He issued several publications on drug safety and authored an eBook about clinical trial design and conduct (Zenosis Ltd publisher) and continues to lecture Pharmaceutical Medicine at the Universities of Duisburg-Essen, Germany and Aveiro, Portugal.

Affiliations and Expertise

MD, Senior VP Medical and Safety Services, ICON Clinical Research, Frankfurt, Germany and Auxiliary Professor for Pharmaceutical Medicine, Universities Duisburg-Essen, Germany and Aveiro, Portugal


"Much has been written on the correlation between crises and innovation. Our hope is that the COVID-19 crisis catalyzes enduring changes to clinical trial methodologies, ones that serve patients today and for years to come.

Peter Schüler has created a timely textbook for all involved in the critical processes of clinical trial conduct. He has brilliantly set the stage for a possible dramatic evolution of clinical trial strategy, methodology, conduct, and interpretation; this evolution will be essential to address patients’ needs not just now during the pandemic but will endure and be applied broadly to many other diseases and therapies." --Barbara Lopez Kunz, President and Global Chief Executive, DIA (Drug Information Association)

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