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November 20, 2012Faster News for FasterCures

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  • Big Pharma firms work together on clinical data bank
    Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Eli Lilly & Co. are pooling information about clinical investigators in an effort to speed the clinical trial process and avoid duplicating one another's efforts. The databank will make information on investigators' clinical practice training available across the three firms, allowing investigators looking into a new indication or disease to forgo training at one firm if they have already had the appropriate training at another. Reducing the administrative burden will effectively expand the pool of investigators, says Andreas Koester, chief of clinical trial innovation at J&J unit Janssen Research & Development. Blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Parkinson's researchers find link between neurons and Lewy bodies
    Mice injected with a misfolded alpha-synuclein protein developed Lewy bodies, their dopamine-producing neurons started to die, and they lost muscle strength and coordination, as human Parkinson's disease patients do. The misfolded proteins spread through the mice's brains like an infection, researchers report in the journal Science. The method and findings might be a new basis for Parkinson's disease research. The Scientist (free registration) (11/2012), The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Billionaire donates $7M to Prostate Cancer Foundation
    The Prostate Cancer Foundation will use $5 million of a $7 million donation from New York billionaire Stewart Rahr to fund a project in partnership with Stand Up to Cancer, called the Dream Team -- a multi-institute partnership to develop genomics-based protocols, informatics, pathology and clinical genetics data to allow faster treatment of prostate cancer. Participants include researchers at the University of Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Broad Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Institute of Cancer Research/The Royal Marsden Hospital in London and Weill Cornell Medical College. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NIH extends contracts for proteomics studies
    The NIH extended contracts worth $9.1 million in the first year -- with an increasing value of up to $52.4 million over five years if specific scientific goals are reached -- to Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Emerald Biostructures, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and others for their work on determining how protein structure affects disease. Researchers hope the work will become a resource for developing drugs, diagnostics and vaccines against a variety of diseases. Xconomy/Seattle (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy and Regulation 
  • Health panel updates recommendations on HIV screening
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday called for routine HIV testing for all Americans aged 15 to 65, expanding its 2005 recommendation that included only high-risk individuals. The draft recommendation was prompted by studies showing major health benefits of early HIV treatment, task force chairwoman Virginia Moyer said. USA Today (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Society and Ethics 
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., FasterCures SmartBrief will not be published Thursday, Nov. 22. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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