Episode Summary

During the pandemic, the need to develop therapeutic approaches became critical and so the need to study them in a structured way to critically evaluate their effectiveness. Innovative strategies to conduct clinical trials under difficult circumstances were required. We will discuss these strategies with some people who created them!

Topics discussed:

  • The main challenges to conduct clinical trials in the middle of a pandemic both in the developed and developing world.
  • Strategies for patient recruitment and evaluation.
  • The future strategies to study new therapies for emerging pathogens.


  • David Boulware, MD MPH. Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota.
  • Eduardo L√≥pez-Medina, MD. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Universidad del Valle, and Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Centro Medico Imbanaco, Cali Colombia.

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