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Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials and Projects

The CRC maintains a comprehensive portfolio of both investigator-initiated and industrysponsored clinical trials that cover the entire patient's "life cycle." Some of the trials, though industry sponsored, were investigator-initiated trials for which a proposal was submitted by CPDR to obtain funding. There are two types of these studies:

  • One is when we approach the industry with a proposal and request funding under a collaborative type of agreement; the ownership and control remains with CPDR but costs are supported by the company. One example of this is the CPDR Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Study that has been ongoing since 2003 and has a current enrollment of more 1,600 men. This study is a unique asset to the program in that it looks at patient-reported outcomes; however, it is a very costly endeavor due to its labor intensiveness. The study includes administration of the EPIC questionnaire along with the SF-36v2® health questionnaire to men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer at baseline (before treatment), and at eight other time points subsequent to their treatment for three years. After submission of a proposal to GlaxoSmithKline, it was accepted by the company for funding on a year-to-year basis and has thus far received approval for three years of funding.

  • The other type of study is to take an idea to a company for another application or therapeutic target using that company's existing technology. This approach usually results in work being conducted under a traditional clinical trial agreement where CPDR conducts the study, is reimbursed for the time spent working on the trial, and the data are supplied to the company who uses their resources for analysis.

  • All trials and projects are carried out with full approval of the respective IRBs.

 

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CURRENT EVENTS


February 2, 2016

CPDR Urology Residents Take Top Awards at 2016 James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar

Urology Residents conducting research at The Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR), Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center presented their research at the Residents Competition category of the James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, San Diego, 2016.

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January 11, 2016

A Novel Gene Alteration Associates with Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men

The USU, Walter Reed-Bethesda and JPC collaborative team, through comprehensive evaluations of matched cohorts of African American and Caucasian American prostate cancers, previously established a higher frequency of ERG alterations in Caucasians (50-70%) and its significantly lower frequency in African Americans (20-25%). These intriguing observations actually provided the rational for the current study focusing on whole genome evaluations of prostate cancers from these two patient populations.

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