The Pressure is on, but Safety First!

As COVID-19 vaccines and treatments reach late phase testing, pharmacovigilance takes center stage By Marta Simon, MD, LeeAnn Phipps, PhD, and Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC Without a doubt, never in our lifetime have we witnessed such a focus on pharmaceutical research. In the highly interconnected world that we live in, it comes as no […]

Fresh Out of the Gate

With brand new INDs, early phase development presents both excitement and challenges By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC Early stage development of new drugs and devices is both thrilling and can be a little bit nerve racking. Like many of us in clinical research, my career began at the phase I clinic for a large, […]

A Global Approach

Partnering with researchers world-wide, DZS is on the forefront of disease eradication By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC, and Siza Mphele Here at DZS, we have been honored to collaborate worldwide in vaccine trials against numerous infectious agents. This global experience puts us in a unique position of not only having worked with a multitude […]

Immunizing Against Fear

With global concerns over vaccine safety, DZS works to dispel myths, increase knowledge By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC Vaccines are without a doubt a subject of much controversy, especially in today’s hyper-connected world. From fears of developmental disorders to questions about safety and testing, there is seemingly no end to the questions and alarms […]

Back to School Time

With kids back in school and pockets of school yard infections popping up, parents ponder how drugs become approved for their children By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC Every year, back to school time brings its own sets of challenges for parents. From new clothes and back packs to sports physicals and making sure that […]


A look at how the clinical research industry is moving beyond COVID-19 By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC When the SARS-COV-2 pandemic hit the world in late 2019 and early 2020, its fair to say that very few of us foresaw or were prepared for the impact that the virus would have on the world. […]

All Hail the King!

In an industry where data is king, getting the right start is paramount By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC Clinical research has many sides. However, the truth of the matter is that it all boils down to the data. We can be the most compassionate research professionals, have superlatively compliant volunteers, and test the most […]

Changing Gears

New ways of doing business in a post-COVID world By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC Clinical research can be thought of like the proverbial well-oiled machine. We have our processes and procedures that are tried and true. We are prepared for a multitude of contingencies – adverse events, non-compliance, and regulatory issues to name just […]

Rescue Me

Finding help when your study is in trouble can be tricky, but not impossible By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC When we begin any new trial, we are all filled with joy and optimism that it will recruit quickly and efficiently. For the most part, in most trials, this is how it turns out. But […]

A Needle in the Haystack?

Partnering with the right CRO to maximize recruitment efficiency By Kathryn E. Vinson, MS, CCRC If you’ve worked in clinical research for almost any length of time, you have undoubtedly run up against the trial that feels impossible to recruit. Whether it’s a hypertension study with difficult inclusion criteria or an arthritis study that excludes […]