Episode Summary


During the pandemic, the need to develop therapeutic approaches became critical and so did 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'll 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 López-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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