Meeting held on April 6th, 2018: Clinical Research Pillar
During this meeting, Dr. Giovanni Carlo Del Vecchio, pediatrician at the Policlinic of Bari, held a lecture on Clinical Research. He explained why it is necessary to perform experimental studies, starting from the definition of “care” and “clinical evidences”.
He showed the different phases of the clinical research and the different clinical studies (Phases I, II, III and IV). Moreover, he illustrated who are the several figures involved in the clinical research, indicated as stakeholders and explained the importance of considering the specificity of the paediatric age in the treatment and the different approaches of the cares for each ages (newborn, children, teen-ager). An important part of his lecture has been dedicated to the different types of communications: informative, demonstrative, persuasiveness and in particular the communication among the physician, the patient and the family of the paediatric patient, especially in case of clinical studies.
Dr. Del Vecchio illustrated the meaning and the importance of the “patient empowerment” and the importance for the patients to be part of the decision-making process related to the cares and the experimental phase, explaining also the importance of YPAG members in this field.
He also provided a practical example of this, illustrating the DEEP-1 study, a paediatric clinical study of pharmacokinetics, conducted within the DEEP Project – Deferiprone Evaluation in Paediatric. He is the Pricipal Investigator of the study, that foresees the evaluation of Deferiprone, an iron chelation drug intended for patients affected by thalassemia and still ongoing in various European and extra-European clinical centers, including the Polyclinic of Bari.
The second part of the lesson has been focused on the candidacy and the selection of some members who will represent our group at the iCan Global Summit that will take place in Edinburgh in July.
Nine young members applied voluntary and explained their motivations for participating. The whole group expressed its preferences, voting for two names among the candidates. Taking into consideration both the results of the voting and some criteria such as the English language knowledge and the presence of some patients (in order to represent the group homogenously), the staff indicated seven youths who will participate to the summit in Edinburgh.