August 22, 2023, Durham, NC –Recruiting youth to participate in pediatric clinical trials can pose challenges for researchers. Many teens have limited knowledge about research and are hesitant to agree to participate. Researchers must locate or develop recruitment materials that explain the clinical trial requirements in a developmentally appropriate and compelling way to inform and educate teens who might be considering participating in a clinical trial. Otherwise, researchers risk being unable to recruit the targeted sample size. When a sufficient number of participants are not recruited and retained in a study, this limits the ability to answer important health questions and [...]
June 15, 2023, Durham, NC – iRT is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) to develop an interactive, web-based toolkit which will provide parents with information about clinical trials. Parents are an important part of the decision-making process when it comes to deciding whether their child should participate in a pediatric clinical trial. iRT aims to develop a resource that will provide parents with information and skills that can help them successfully navigate pediatric clinical trials with their [...]
May 26, 2021, Durham, NC - innovation Research & Training welcomes two new graduate student interns this summer. The interns will contribute their expertise to our projects on educating teens about participating in a research project and STEM . “We are delighted to welcome Yontii and Kathryn,” said Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, the President of iRT. “Their exceptional experience, unique perspectives, and academic prowess will enrich our work on these federally funded projects, as well as the products being developed through these awards.” The Graduate Student Interns Yontii Wheeler is pursuing her Master of Public Health with a Health Equity, Social Justice, [...]
DigiKnowIt News for Increasing Youth Knowledge about and Confidence in Participating in a Clinical TrialIRT Inc2023-01-11T19:36:30+00:00
May 17, 2021, Durham, NC - Youth participation in clinical trials is a vital step to ensuring the safety of pediatric medical treatments. For example, clinical trials across the country are currently evaluating children’s and teens’ response to potential Covid-19 vaccines. However, youth may be understandably anxious about taking part in a process they don’t fully understand. Researchers at innovation Research & Training created an innovative method for educating children about what it means to be in a clinical trial: a new multimedia, interactive website called DigiKnowIt News. As reported in a new paper in Journal of Child Health Care, by [...]
Innovation Research & Training receives funding from NHLBI To Develop A Web-Based Resource about Participating in Pediatric Clinical Trials Designed for YouthIRT Inc2023-01-11T19:29:33+00:00
Dr. Alison Parker and Dr. Tracy Scull (Co-Principal Investigators) at Innovation Research & Training (IRT) were recently awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to develop an interactive, web application for youth, called DigiKnowit News, with the goal of increasing the rates of youth participation in...