Parkinson’s Disease and PD-MCI Focus of Bracket Posters Presented at MDS 2013

By Jen Burstedt, Marketing & Communications

Professor Keith Wesnes, Practice Leader, and Dr. David Miller, Therapeutic Area Leader, both on the scientific team at Bracket presented posters at the 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (MDS), which took place May 16 – 20th, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Featuring therapeutic and general plenary sessions, committee meetings and workshops in addition to poster presentations, topics ranged “How to develop and run a brain bank” (a workshop held by Dennis Dickson, Jacksonville, FL, USA and Jilian Kril, Sydney, Australia) to “Racial and socioeconomic disparities in Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, treatment and clinical outcomes” (a session chaired by Nicte Mejia and Lisa Shulman and featuring Nicte Mejia and Nabila Dahodwala as speakers). The final program can be accessed online at this link.

Professor Wesnes and Dr. Miller presented a total of two posters – “First human behavioural evidence of compromised dentate gyrus neurogenesis in PD is unrelated to poor attention and impulsivity” and “The prevalence and nature of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease (PD-MCI) identified using automated cognitive tests.”

Links to the posters can be found below:

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is an international, professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control. More information can be found about MDS at their website.

Tech Tools To Help You Survive Conference Season

By Jen Burstedt, Marketing & Communications

We’re in the midst of conference season – for many of us, mid June through late August is the summer vacation that we, as adults, finally get from the often brutal and exhausting conference season. Perhaps you have that one important annual conference looming ahead.

For Bracket, the Drug Information Association (DIA) conference is one of the biggest of the year, and it’s quickly approaching in a week in a half.

How can you make the most of your time at a conference like DIA – or any other overwhelming large and fast paced event? You want to maximize your time, because this is the time when you can cement relationships with vendors, mingle with industry colleagues, and share a few dinners with company co-workers from offices in other parts of the country or world.

Here are some great tech tools to simplify your conference experience:

1. Find great restaurants and make reservations: use Yelp to find local restaurants.
2. Change (or find) a hotel room at the last minute: use LastMinute.com to find a hotel in a pinch.
3. Organize your travel plans: sign up for Trip It to consolidate plans in one place.
4. Create an itinerary to update & share with your family in real time: use a Google Doc to create a document, share it with family.
5. Scan new business cards and add to your contacts: use a smartphone app like Card Munchwhich can immediately sync to your phone’s contacts.
6. Track your to-dos: use a to-do list like Astrid track tasks and deadlines.

Above all, once you’ve used technology to simplify your life, make sure to enjoy yourself at the conference. Though you might be tired and over caffeinated, making a concerted effort to enjoy the opportunity of these face-to-face interactions is essential. You may not be ecstatic to be there, but you do have the power to choose to make the time spent away from home and family worth it by enjoying yourself and seeking out conversations or interactions that are meaningful to you.

Dream Mile Proves To Be A Success With Over 1,150 Finishers

By Jen Burstedt, Marketing & Communications

Vibha-the-race-begins-dream-mile-2013On Sunday, June 2nd, over 1,150 individuals ran The Dream Mile in San Jose, California, a race of 5k, 10k and half marathon distances, organized by the non-profit organization Vibha. Bracket was one of the sponsors of this incredible event, having four employees who participated, and saw the benefits to the sponsorship with an incredible successful event. The race brought in 1,500 registrants, more than 450 who were half marathon runners. Over 1,150 people finished the race – the highest number of individuals in Bay Area Dream Mile history.

Vibha raised funds in order to support the education of underprivileged children and has the vision to “ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity.” Fundraising efforts for this event can be viewed online; at the time of writing, the San Francisco Bay Area raised over $32,000 for the cause.

Dharmesh Shah, Bracket employee, thanks Bracket and community participants, expressing his thoughts, “on behalf of Vibha, I would like to thank you for participating in The Dream Mile 2013 at Hellyer County Park on June 2nd. You have enabled the dreams of thousands of children like these.”

For more information or comments, you can contact the author at Jen [dot] Burstedt [at] bracketglobal [dot] com .

Bracket Presents at the 53rd NCDEU Meeting

By Cheryl Selleny, Marketing & Communications

Many members of Bracket’s scientific team attended and presented posters at the meeting. Click on the links below to view the posters presented.

The Application of Cognitive Neuroscience to Clinical Research I Detecting Cognition Enhancement in Man 
By Keith Wesnes, BSc, PhD, FSS, Cpsychol, FBPsS

The Application of Cognitive Neuroscience to Clinical Research II Testing Cognitive Function via the Internet
By Keith Wesnes, BSc, PhD, FSS, Cpsychol, FBPsS

The Application of Cognitive Neuroscience to Clinical Research III Evidence from a Cognitive Task of Compromised Neurogenesis in Schizophrenic
By Keith Wesnes, BSc, PhD, FSS, Cpsychol, FBPsS

Differential Effects on Attention over 24 weeks of a NMDA Antagonist versus Carbamazepine in Pediatric Patients with First Time Diagnosed Epilepsy
By Keith Wesnes, BSc, PhD, FSS, Cpsychol, FBPsS and Joan Busner, PhD

What PANSS Items Do Site Raters Have the Most Trouble Rating
By David G. Daniel, MD and Jean Dries, RN, MSN

ISPOR, ePRO and the Big Easy: Bracket at ISPOR’s 18th Annual Meeting

By Jen Burstedt, Marketing & Communications

New Orleans: the birthplace of jazz, a source of beignets, seafood and fun for all travelers who visit, it was also the location of the International Society of Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics Research (ISPOR)’s 18th Annual International Meeting.

Prior to the meeting, I took the opportunity to visit New Orleans, taking a walking tour, visiting the famous Café du Monde to experience the famous powdered beignets and iced coffee, enjoying Gulf Coast oysters as well as soaking up the music and energy of a post-Katrina city.

ispor-beignets-31may2013_0The conference itself started on Saturday, May 18th with sessions, and ran through Wednesday, May 22nd, attracting researchers, thought leaders and partners of health outcomes and economics research gathered in the Crescent City at this conference, subtitled, “Patient-Centered Outcomes: Focusing on the Patient.” Cindy Howry, MS, Principal for ePRO at Bracket spoke on the topic of “Deploying ePRO instruments in clinical trials: challenges and solutions”, with a panel of talented industry colleagues including Tara Symonds, PhD, Pfizer; Valdo Arnera, MD, PHT Corporation and J. Jason Lundy, PhD, Patient Reported Outcome Consortium, Critical Path Institute, which proved to be a dynamic discussion among industry partners. As Bracket’s firm belief in integrating technology from the beginning of any clinical trial, you can find Cindy Howry’s whitepaper, co-authored with Sonya Eremenco, MA.

With our continuing education of the benefits of electronic diaries, Bracket will be present at ISPOR Europe in Dublin this coming November.