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Q & A with Sara Pasquali

(09/08/10 2:25am)

A recent analysis by Duke researchers, including Dr. Sara Pasquali, Medicine ’02 and assistant professor at the Duke University Medical Center, examined the globalization of pediatric trials and its ethical and scientific implications. The report, titled “Globalization of Pediatric Research: Analysis of Clinical Trials Completed for Pediatric Exclusivity,” reviewed data from 174 trials conducted since the passing of the Pediatric Exclusivity Provision, which extends patents by six months for companies that conduct safety and efficacy studies with children. More than one-third of pediatric trials it considered enrolled patients from developing nations overseas. But with international testing comes the necessity of centralized review boards and training in research methods and ethics, according to the report. The Chronicle’s Lauren Carroll spoke with Pasquali about her research and the ethical implications of trials.