CTV's Your Morning team had Dr. Ramy Saleh on the program to talk about a different kind of digital matchmaking: pairing volunteers with Canadian researchers running Covid-19 trials.
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"Recruitment for clinical trials is a notoriously hard exercise in Canada at the best of times," Dr. Ramy Saleh wrote on Medium in 'Clinical trials need participants — and the clock is ticking.'
He continues, "Competition is healthy. But where we need to level the playing field is in the recruitment process. That’s why researchers across the country are now collaborating to crowdsource Canadian participants through a web portal at Covidtrials.ca. The site allows people to securely register their information and then at the back-end it matches those people with trials that are seeking participants. It’s all overseen by a medical leadership of physicians and researchers from across Canada. More than 1,000 people have registered so far but there is much more work to do."
Read the full article on Medium.
Global News covered the growing Covid Trials movement on May 28, 2020, interviewing Dr. Ramy Saleh on the 1,000 participants recruited for Covid-19 clinical trials and the need for thousands of Canadians to join.
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Cedars Cancer Foundation published a press release May 22, 2020 about their support for Covid Trials Canada:
"Covidtrials.ca is the first website in Canada that’s designed as a hub to match patients with COVID-19 clinical trials."
Cedars Cancer Foundation is the largest cancer foundation in Quebec.
Dr. Ramy Saleh was a guest on NewsTalk 1010 on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 where he described the Covid Trials Canada initiative. Here's an excerpt:
If you want to help medical researchers potentially get there, but aren't sure how, there is a website to turn to.
COVIDTrials.ca aims to match volunteers with the best-fitting clinical trials for potential vaccines or treatments.
The site is the brainchild of Dr. Ramy Saleh, a medical oncologist and trialist. Saleh tells NEWSTALK 1010 he understood there was a need for more information about clinical trials after fielding questions from patients and their families as he worked on the COVID-19 ward at McGill University.
Saleh explains the website can help expedite the process of signing up the right kind of trial participants. "The faster you recruit, the faster you finish the trials, and the fast you might have an answer if there's a treatment or not," Saleh says.
Saleh says recruiting has been difficult during the pandemic because of physical distancing restrictions and with healthcare professionals spread thin.
Read the full article on the NewsTalk 1010 website.
Dr. Ramy Saleh, founder of the Covid Trials Canada project, and Elizabeth Monier-Williams, VP Marketing for Think Research, were guests on the Everything is Brand podcast on May 20, 2020. Hosted by the creative team at Zync, they talked about collaborating on the brand, the importance of storytelling for clinical projects and the need for clarity when creating during a crisis.
"Clinical Trials In Canada Are Vying For Patients To Help Fight COVID-19," wrote Samantha Beattie in this feature on the need for participants for Covid Trials Canada from across the country, published May 13, 2020.
"Montreal oncologist playing central role in clinical Covid-19 trials": This article by Mike Cohen, published May 13, 2020, features interviews with Dr. Nathaniel Bouganim and Dr. Ramy Saleh from Covid Trials' Medical Leadership group.
On May 6, 2020, Figure 1 hosted a COVID-19 Q&A with Covid Trials Canada founders Dr. Ramy Saleh and Dr. Chris O'Connor: "Do you have questions about how clinical trials are progressing?"
On May 5, 2020, CanCOVID invited Dr. Ramy Saleh to discuss issues with clinical trials in Canada and the Covid Trials Canada initiative as part of their weekly online seminar series.
Watch the discussion on YouTube.
Canadian Healthcare Technology featured the Covid Trials Canada initiative in their May2020 edition. Read the article (article on page 14).
"Tinder for clinical trials: Montreal doctor creates website to match patients to COVID-19 studies." This article by Katelyn Thomas was published April 23, 2020.
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"Clinical trials for COVID-19 treatments seek Manitoba participants," by Sarah Lawrynuik, was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 23, 2020. The article includes an interview with Dylan MacKay, who is part of the Covid Trials Medical Leadership team.
Re$earch Money featured Covid Trials Canada in their short report, published April 22, 2020.
"Pharmacologist Dr. Lauren Kelly (PhD), physician Dr. Ramy Saleh and colleagues launched Covidtrials.ca, a Canadian patient portal that matches those seeking to participate in a research project with physicians and investigators working on trials."
Kelly and Saleh are both part of the Medical Leadership group for Covid Trials.
Sachin Aggarwal, CEO of Think Research, wrote about the company's role in supporting Covid Trials Canada as a non-profit initiative.
"Canadian patients needed for COVID-19 clinical trials," wrote Wency Leung in this feature on the need for participants for Covid Trials Canada from across the country, published April 17, 2020.
"Pan-Canadian team launches Covidtrials.ca to match patients with COVID-19 clinical trials," read the press released published April 15, 2020, to announce this project, led by Dr. Ramy Saleh.
Read the release on Cision newswire.