Background A global comprehensive database of sites and investigators does not exist. The Huntington Study Group (HSG) has a database of member sites and the European HD Network (EHDN) maintains site dossiers but there is no global database that contains a comprehensive set of data on site capabilities and contact information that is accessible by other researchers or interested sponsors.
Aims To provide the Huntington's disease (HD) Research Community with an interactive tool that will promote the sharing of information relating to clinical sites and investigators across the globe - North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.
Methods Develop an internet based tool that will promote and facilitate the matching of sites and investigators with other investigators and potential sponsors with the goal of developing therapies for HD. In addition, working with the HD community to match site locations with patients and families to promote an efficient recruitment process and ease of access for patients wishing to participate in clinical trials.
Results 29 centres are registered in the GSID.
Conclusions As an HD Research Community, we all share the same goal to develop treatments for HD as rapidly as possible. This sense of urgency in achieving this goal is palpable. The GSID-HD is another tool that will allow the HD research community and sponsors to be more efficient and effective in planning and executing translational research projects and clinical trials.
- patient recruitment
- clinical trials
- site database