Neuroscience Trials of the Future: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Although major strides have been made over the past two decades in basic neurosciences, translation into more effective treatments has eluded the field. Among the many factors contributing to this reality are the standard clinical trial methods that have barely changed during this time, with the exception of increased use of electronic data acquisition and analysis. On March 3–4, 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders held a workshop in Washington, DC, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss opportunities for improving the integrity, efficiency, and validity of clinical trials for nervous system disorders. The purpose of this workshop was to generate discussion about not only what is feasible now, but what may be possible with the implementation of cutting-edge technologies in the future. This Proceedings of a Workshop summarizes the workshop presentations and discussion.