Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

ResearchKit Enrolls Thousands in Clinical Trials: What Next?

Technology plays a large part in patient recruitment and tracking for clinical trials. Apple's new initiative called ResearchKit is offering researchers a new tool to collect and share information. Although this tool is new to the market, a Stanford University study has already used ResearchKit and was able to enroll more than 10,000 people in less than 24 hours. While the initial numbers are staggering for anyone who has worked to recruit patients for a clinical trial, we have to kee… [Read More]

Understanding Depression as a Medical Diagnosis

This post was originally published on March 25, 2014. We are reposting it today in an effort to keep the conversation going about depression, especially among teenagers and young adults. Mental disorders come in so many forms that it's hard to keep track. They're misunderstood, confusing, misdiagnosed and, worst of all, to many, they are taboo. It wasn't until recently, after working on a teen depression campaign on Facebook, that I realized how many people do not comprehend the di… [Read More]

Relay for Life Makes a Difference for Cancer Research, Cancer Survivors, and Volunteers

Many people have a family member, neighbor, or friend who has been personally affected by cancer. Every year, more than 1 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, which is an astonishing number. Throughout the years, I have known several people who have been affected by the disease and have survived. With cancer hitting so close to home, I wanted to help spread the word about this horrible disease, and somehow make an impact. A friend of mine has supported the Amer… [Read More]


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