Developing Meaningful Endpoints for Pain Clinical Trials Workshop - Postponed

Developing Meaningful Endpoints for Pain Clinical Trials Workshop - Postponed

March 19, 2020
March 20, 2020


Jennifer Beierlein

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Postponed until further notice.

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Event Description: 

More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain, a highly debilitating medical condition that is complex and difficult to manage. In recent decades, there has been an overreliance on the prescription of opioids for chronic pain, contributing to a significant and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths and addiction. Innovative scientific solutions to develop non-opioid, non-addictive alternative treatment options are thus urgently needed.

One of the goals of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative is to accelerate the discovery and preclinical development of new medications and devices to treat pain. Two recent NINDS workshops focused on (1) identifying endpoints in pre-clinical pain models and (2) discovering biomarkers to enhance pain therapy development. A logical next step is to identify the scientific gaps and development challenges in moving candidate therapeutics through proof-of-concept studies, early phase clinical trials and to later phases of development including regulatory approval.

One major challenge facing the development of non-opioid alternative pain medications in each pain condition is the heterogeneity in patient populations combined with high variability in individual responses to any given intervention. This is further compounded by the diversity of specific disorders associated with pain. Consequently, it is often difficult to define reliable endpoints, both within specific pain conditions and across pain conditions, for evaluation of novel therapeutics.

The proposed workshop is designed to address these critical scientific gaps and identify novel approaches to study outcome measures spanning acute, transitional and chronic pain studies, collaboratively with academic, biopharmaceutical industry and government scientists.

Workshop Goals:

  • To include broad and diverse representation of academic, biopharmaceutical industry, and government scientists working on the development of critical pain measures
  • To explore the state-of-the-science clinical trial outcome measures for pain and identify the research needed to stimulate the development of new outcomes in a manner that will withstand rigorous validation
  • To share approaches, tools, and lessons learned that may apply across pain disorders
  • To review end points currently in use in phases 1 and 2 studies that could poitentially be validated and used in Registration studies
  • To identify opportunities to help advance the development of outcome measures for therapeutics being developed across the pain chronological spectrum, including those for acute and chronic pain and for therapies that may mitigate the acute-to chronic pain transition.

Workshop Deliverables:

  • Recommendations for novel outcome measures and endpoints for clinical trials of drug and device pain therapeutics
  • Recommendations/guidelines for approaches to identifying improved outcome measures and endpoints for clinical trials of pain therapeutics Publication of a white paper summarizing workshop findings/guidelines

Workshop Chairs:

  • Robert Dworkin, Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • Amy Chappell, MD, Pharmaceutical Product Development