On July 29th, the JDRF formally launched a very exciting on-line Clinical Trials Connection service. The service was launched to help patients with type 1 diabetes and their families better understand the clinical trials landscape and inform them so that they can play an active role in the search for better technologies, therapies, and ultimately, a cure. This very cool (and free!) service provides descriptions of and access to both JDRF-funded and other clinical trials. After filling out a profile on the site, the service will match you to trials that you might be interested in.
The very cool part is that it's customized. So, Clinical Trials Connection allows you to search by trial location, compare trials side by side, and create custom reports of trials to save and share with your family and doctor and educator. This is a win-win-win in our view—it should help patients by ending endless searching on clinicaltrials.gov, it helps companies by finding people that are right for the trials faster, helps doctors advise patients on trials that are right for them, and facilitates the process so that the regulatory process can be faster overall. Ultimately, we believe the impact could be getting drugs and devices out to market quicker. We have just started testing this out ourselves and urge all patients with type 1 to enroll and try it out. The next step - let's convince another amazing advocacy organization to recreate this tool for those with type 2 diabetes and with prediabetes!