MCRU (Michigan Clinical Research Unit) has won funding from the Daisy Foundation for a new project to examine the impact of extreme separation of children and parents during clinical trials. The work will focus on the MIBG clinical study, during which children undergoing an experimental oncology therapy are precluded from having any physical contact with their parents for three full days.
The aim of the study is to provide pediatric oncologists with a publication that objectively measures this impact, to support the MCRU therapeutic approach model, and to help guide parental decision-making with the hope of increasing the number of children enrolled. This is a cross-CTSA collaboration with the University of Cincinnati. The project is led by Cyndi Bower (PI), with co-investigators Chris Conrad and Maggie McCammon and faculty mentor Greg Yanik.
Dr. Yanik’s study was also featured in the Hail to the Little Victors blog last week, in a post entitled “Finding New Solutions to Improve Patient Care.”