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Comparison of CAC-based Strategy versus AHA/ACC Guidelines

There is a need for a randomized primary prevention trial comparing the effectiveness of cholesterol treatment strategies based on a high CAC score versus the AHA/ACC 10-year cardiovascular disease risk tool. Include cost-effectiveness as well as clinical effectiveness as endpoints.

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Improve targeting of statins to high-risk patients without prior CV disease.

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New guidelines issued last year. Statin and recently ezetimibe are proven to be safe and efficacious.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Improving Drug Safety through Precompetitive Research

The lack of transparency in Pharma clinical studies and the incomplete knowledge of the effect of genetic profiles and pharmacological factors on drug toxicities are challenges in decreasing drug development costs and increasing drug safety.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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Precompetitive research and collaborations directed at improving our understanding of the factors underlying adverse patient responses to investigational heart, lung, blood, sleep drugs will help to expedite the drug development process, increase probabilities of success and reduce product development costs.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Several public-private initiatives such as The Predictive Safety Testing Consortium and the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium are underway that address components of this problem. NHLBI can join existing initiatives or formulate its own. In either case, NHLBI’s participation as either an honest broker or a funding source will enable substantive progress on several fronts over a 5-10 year period.

Clinical safety complications and chronic exposure toxicities are a major cause of drug trial failures and recalls and thereby contribute to the high cost of pharmaceutical product development and the rising prices of commercial medicines. Safety problems can usually be attributed to the off-target biological effects of drug compounds or their metabolites. Reducing the safety risks associated with drug development will therefore require us to expand our knowledge around the pharmacological and pharmacogenomic factors underlying adverse safety events. Furthermore, adverse events that occur during clinical studies that are conducted by pharmaceutical companies are not usually shared publicly. This lack of transparency contributes to unnecessary inefficiencies and costs in the drug development process.

Mechanisms for minimizing safety hurdles in drug development include funding precompetitive applied research and promoting collaborations among companies to encourage sharing of clinical failure data.

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Optimizing Utilization of Composite and Repeat Endpoints in RCT

The use of win-ratio and other new statistical methods to analyze endpoints in new and existing clinical trials.

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It could enable trials to be powered with smaller sample sizes. It can also be used to combine diverse information in a way to better guide clinical decisions.

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The methodology exists and the need is growing as we try to sort out smaller treatment effects and our focus shifts from MI (which is fairly easy to define) to heart failure (which is more nebulous).

Traditional time-to-first endpoint analyses of clinical trials fail to capture the full impact of treatment in diseases with recurring endpoints (like heart failure hospitalization) or to capture the net benefit/risk of treatments with significant opposing effects (like the anti-thrombotic pro-bleeding effects of drugs like warfarin and dabigatran in atrial fibrillation or dual anti-platelet therapy after cardiovascular stenting), New statistical methods like the (win-ratio) when used together with patient- and clinician-based rankings of the importance of possible outcomes might provide a quantitative way to optimize the relevance of trials with multiple diverse endpoints to practical clinical decision making. I propose to encourage the use of these and other similar methodologies to analyze endpoints in new and existing trials. It would require a paradigm shift in how trialists look at endpoint data and in how regulators interpret trials.

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Advancing the science of translating evidence into practice

What are the best ways for the NHLBI to advance the evolving science of translating robust evidence into clinical practice domestically and globally? How to personalize broad research evidence for individual patients? How to predict and evaluate the impact of evidence-based interventions? How to identify implementation methods available in industry and elsewhere that work best and are most translatable in healthcare? ...more »

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• Reduce mortality and morbidity

• Improved quality of life

• Higher proportion of people receiving evidence-based care and at goal for that care

• Reduced disparities in health and healthcare

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Challenges:

• Lack of research methodology in this area – may need new scientific approaches

 

• Lack of current capacities and capabilities in this area

 

• Current silos that separate research enterprise from industry, as well as NHLBI from other ICs

 

• Divisions between performance of clinical trials and implementation research

 

• Lack of clarity which federal agencies and NIH Institutes are ‘in charge’ of implementation and/or prioritize this as part of their mission and budget

 

• Lack of wide sharing of best practices of other implementation models

 

• Improving the science in this area needs to include methods and metrics development

 

• The accumulated knowledge of clinical trialists and implementation researchers is often not shared

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Metrics to Predict Success of Clinical Trials

What are the metrics that can predict success of clinical trials?

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

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The ability to identify factors, both ahead of time, and during the trial, that will predict the success of the trial would permit considerable efficiencies for NHLBI. We should be able to select a group of trials that will be able to recruit on time and within budget. For others where there may be less chance of success, we may want to invest time and resources in mentoring the investigators (e.g., in the case of new investigators), or in helping to redesign the trial. This latter function could be especially helpful during the pre-application process.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

NHLBI has developed a critical mass of expertise in portfolio analysis, and is working on developing the IT tools to match. This area was identified as a high priority by the internal IMPACT Task Forces at their recent retreat, so there is also widespread interest in this approach as well.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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How can we increase the pharmaceutical clinical research of targeted therapies in pediatric PAH patients, including encouraging

Clinical research, especially randomized pharmaceutical clinical trials, poses many unique challenges compared to research in adult subjects. In pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disease characterized by high blood pressure of the lungs with increased pulmonary vascular resistance leading to right ventricular failure, there are 12 FDA-approved PAH-targeted therapies for adults. None of these medications are currently ...more »

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a heterogeneous condition generally characterized by high blood pressure in the lungs and increased pulmonary vascular resistance that leads to right heart failure if left untreated. Though some causes of PAH are seen in both adult and pediatric populations, some etiologies are seen exclusively in pediatric populations, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, lung hypoplasia, and alveolar capillary dysplasia. Despite these differences in disease etiology, and known physiologic differences in pediatric populations, inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) in the acute setting is the only approved medication for PAH treatment in children. A number of issues have decreased pediatric PAH pharmaceutical research, including protection of the pediatric population as vulnerable subjects, principle of scientific necessity, balance of risk and potential benefit, parental consent/child assent, and feasibility of pediatric clinical trial design and implementation. Encouraging clinical trials of existing adult medications and potentially emerging, novel agents specifically for pediatrics—either through direct sponsorship or regulatory incentives—would not only lead to better outcomes for pediatric PAH patients, but potentially to a better and more comprehensive characterization of the developing pulmonary vascular system and right ventricle.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Several challenges exist for addressing this critical challenge. First, there are a number of differences between conducting clinical research in pediatric populations compared to adult populations. This not only includes the broad items referenced above, but items as noted by Rose and colleagues related to clinical trial design and analysis including (1) accepted age-matched normal ranges for laboratory values; (2) requirements for the validation of clinical endpoints for the assessment of efficacy and safety; and (3) standards for long-term safety monitoring and pharmacovigilance (Rose K, et al. NEJM 2005). Sponsorship of this type of clinical research is a second concern, which could either be mitigated by direct support from the National Institutes of Health of pediatric PAH clinical trials or in regulatory changes incentivizing pediatric clinical research in rare diseases.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Katherine Kroner, Michael Patrick Gray, PHA

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Lung Transplantation

Although the majority of lung recipients experience significant health improvement, they also frequently face serious symptom distress, impaired physical functioning and poor quality of life due to post-transplant morbidity, such as chronic rejection, infection and multiple side-effects of immunosuppression. a) Conduct clinical trials of interventions designed to maximize clinicians' support of patients' self-management ...more »

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a) Conduct clinical trials of interventions designed to maximize clinicians' support of patients' self-management behaviors so that patients and clinicians working together can achieve optimal control of disease, reduce symptom distress and complications, and promote quality of life.

 

b) Evaluate the impact of integrating palliative care and transplant care for symptom management, goal setting and advanced care planning along the entire lung transplant illness trajectory (pre, post and end of life).

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : ATS Member

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In-Vitro Assays to Predict Clinical Response

How can NHLBI support studies that produce in-vitro assays to predict clinical response and ways to translate those results into patient therapies through novel clinical trials, including those for small patient populations and rare diseases?

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Towards Collaborative Funding of Clinical Trials

A way for clinical trial investigators to submit ONE application with ONE review and ONE funding decision, and the application would ask for funding from multiple funders (e.g. NHLBI and another IC, NHLBI and PCORI, NHLBI and AHA, NHLBI and CIHR, NHLBI and MRC).

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It would be much easier for investigators from multiple sites/countries to secure funding for large-scale trials from multiple sponsors. They would only have to submit ONE application, respond to ONE review, and anticipate ONE funding decision.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Clinical trials have become increasingly difficult to afford, yet the need for them has never been greater. Many other sponsors (CIHR, PCORI, AHA, MRC, European Union) are eager to work with NHLBI to enable user-friendly multi-sponsor funding. Some similar type arrangements are already happening with other IC's (e.g. NINDS is working with CIHR and the UK MRC).

Large-scale clinical trials often require involvement of multiple sites, often located in > 1 country. Furthermore, the expense of trials often raises questions as to whether funders could collaborate, all contributing a certain amount. However, there is no simple user-friendly way for applicants to bring secure multiple sources of funding. Ideally, the division of funds would be agreed upon prior to application. In case of foreign funders, no monies would cross borders -- i.e. for NHLBI and UK MRC applications, the NHLBI would fund American sites while the UK MRC would fund UK sites, but all funding goes to ONE trial with ONE protocol and ONE data set.

 

One challenge would be politics. Who will do the review? NIH has traditionally acted as if it is the only agency capable to doing a valid review. Would NIH be willing to accept a review conducted by another sponsor? Would other sponsors be willing to accept a review fully run by NIH?

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Genome Profiling

What structural changes need to be implemented in the health-care community in order to support the use of genomic information in clinical trials and drug development for hematologic diseases?

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

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In various blood disorders, including hematologic malignancies, there are both inherited and somatic genetic alterations that contribute to predisposition, transformation, disease progression, responsiveness to therapy, and treatment complications. The presence of such genetic alterations underscore the need for the identification of rare but traceable mutations as well as the integration of such genomic information into clinical trials. By implementing a few structural changes in the healthcare sector, a clinical trial infrastructure can be established that accounts for proper application of sequencing technology. Some examples include the creation of genome diagnostic networks that address accrual of sufficient patients, procurement of suitable tumor/non-tumor material for sequencing, as well as pharmacodynamic and correlative biology studies in hematologic diseases.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Alice Kuaban on behalf of the American Society of Hematology (ASH)

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Transforming Transplantation with Reprogramming Immune System Cells (RISC)

Can we "reprogram" the immune system to improve outcomes of heart, lung, and hematopoietic cell transplants? While NIAID is a major funder of immunology research, we are a major contributor to stem cell research. Our resources could be combined, where NIAID would support this approach for autoimmune diseases, and we would support work in tolerance for transplants. If the NCI also wants to collaborate on co-stimulatory ...more »

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This innovative and transformative proposal could improve tolerance to many different types of transplants.

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In 2002, Hochedlinger and Jaenisch (Nature 415:1035-1038) created a mouse by nuclear transplantation from a mature B-cell. This was proof of principle that the immune system can be reprogrammed entirely. Since then there has been little work in this area, but Reprogramming Immune System Cells (RISC) is risky but promising.

A second approach involves mechanisms that cancer cells use to evade immune detection. While most cancer research works to restore immune competence for therapy, the basic biology of evading immune detection could be exploited to improve tolerance. These approaches could be tested in an animal model in 5 years.

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Definitive Evidence of the Effectiveness of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is the clinical effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation in reducing hospital admissions and readmissions, improving health outcomes such as exercise tolerance and dyspnea, and positively impacting patient centered outcomes. Does this effectiveness vary based on the types of settings rehab is conducted in, urban vs rural environments, the components to the program, the timing of the program and the overall support ...more »

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Pulmonary rehabilitation is a critical component in the treatment of COPD patients but several barriers persist that have resulted in very limited access to rehab, low referral rates for eligible patients and limited standardization of best practices within the rehab facilities that do exist. Large, definitive studies accounting for patient subgroups, site characteristics and program components can generate the level of evidence needed to expand access, educate providers and improve referral systems and create quality programs. This level of evidence is necessary to change policy to properly value the role of pulmonary rehabilitation and to convince integrated health systems in a value based market that pulmonary rehabilitation is beyond a doubt, a requirement of providing quality COPD care.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, COPD Foundation Board of Directors, COPD Patient Advocate

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