GCT interview for US Biopharma 2019

GCT Director of Business Development, Nataliya Katsnelson spoke with the Global Business Reports editors about the benefits of conducting clinical research abroad and the recent changes in the industry. While the volume of research in the United States  dominates other regions due to it’s market attractiveness for the  companies worldwide, the obvious growth of international research is evident.

The interview was published in the GBR issue of United States Biopharmaceuticals 2019, which comprises the following related topics: R&D, Contract Services, Drug discovery, Regulations and compliance, and more.

The publication can be accessed via this link: https://www.gbreports.com/files/pdf/_2019/US_Biopharma_2019.pdf

GCT is exhibiting at BIO 2019

June 3-6 2019 meet Global Clinical Trials team at BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. BIO 2019 will draw the top biotechnology and pharma leaders from 67 countries and every channel of the industry!

Our CEO, Eugene Selivra, MD , Director of Business Development, Nataliya Katsnelson and PM of US Operations, Jessica Goldenberg will attend the event connecting with other professionals and sharing best CRO practices. To schedule a meeting, contact us at .

Our booth is located at the Exhibitor Halls A – E – 2854 (https://bio19.mapyourshow.com/7_0/floorplan/?hallID=A&selectedBooth=booth~2854).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Epilepsy Awareness Week

May 20th opens the National Epilepsy Week. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, and it can affect people of all ages.

However, epileptic seizures can be controlled, and up to 70% of people living with epilepsy could become seizure free via the use of appropriate and affordable anti-seizure medicines. Yet, according to WHO, most of the people with epilepsy living in the middle- and low- income countries do not get the treatment they need.

GCT has conducted a number of clinical trials in Epilepsy: both adult and pediatric population. Please contact us at bd@gctrials.com for more information about our experience and services.

Happy Clinical Trials Day!

Bringing a new medical product onto the market is far from being an easy task. The process starts with drug discovery and further extensive development, which requires many steps, such as regulatory approvals, finding the right Investigators, Patients and conducting complicated clinical studies. This usually takes several years, a substantial budget and a lot of persistence. However, the outcomes, when successful, are well worth it. We owe every new drug, medical device or treatment method to clinical trials.

GCT would like to congratulate every professional involved in this complicated but a very rewarding process. Happy Clinical Trials Day and special thanks to all our company employees for their hard work!



Dr. Apter will attend Biomed 2019

Biomed 2019 is the 18th Israeli Life Science and Technology week that will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 14-16. This year the conference is planning to expand the range of the discussed topics from diagnosis, monitoring and treatment to trends and innovations in the healthcare system.

GCT President, Dr. Apter will be there at the conference sharing his expertise and networking with fellow professionals. Please contact us at bd@gctrials.com to schedule a meeting!

Spreading Awareness about MS

April 22-28 is the Multiple Sclerosis Week. We hope that as a society, we will become more aware of this condition, as it is the most widespread disabling neurological disease in the world.

Simply put, Multiple Sclerosis is a problem in communication between the brain and the rest of the body that is cased by the nerve damage.

Some of the symptoms of MS include lack of coordination, numbness of one or multiple parts of the body, vision problems, and slurred speech. However, they vary greatly from person to person. If you or your loved one has any of the symptoms, visit a doctor for the diagnosis.

The cure for MS hasn’t been found. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of medications and treatment techniques that help patients manage the symptoms and reach a long-term remission.

One of GCT’s main therapeutic focus areas has historically been Central Nervous System. Our CRO has conducted numerous studies in CNS diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis. Following the latest updates in the MS treatment, we are optimistic about the future of the research and drug development for this condition.

Database Lock for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Study

We are delighted to announce the achievement of a huge milestone in the Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Phase II trial. Database for this oncology study was locked last Thursday, 18 April 2019.

This is a randomized, parallel group multicenter international study. Global Clinical Trials has been responsible for the full support of the trial in Ukraine, including regulatory support, site selection, and monitoring at the Ukrainian sites.

Thank you to everyone participating in the study for your hard work and efforts. Now GCT is preparing for study close-out.

Image credit: Kiev, in public domain

GCT President at Kiev Clinical Research Forum 2019

The 2nd Kiev Clinical Research Forum is a platform that brings together clinical trials professionals from all over the industry. The main topic is about various aspects of conducting clinical studies in Eastern Europe and how they differ from those which are conducted in other regions.

Dr. Jeffrey T. Apter, GCT President is one of the key speakers at the conference. Dr. Apter has been involved in Clinical Research for more than 30 years, and he was the principal investigator for over 300 trials. Dr. Apter will talk about the advantages of conducting clinical studies in the EE region. He will also point out the challenges that Sponsors are likely to face there, and finally will share his professional advice on how to overcome them. Since 2001 GCT has been conducting clinical trials in Eastern Europe and has gathered unique expertise and connections.

GCT is looking forward to taking part in the Forum, renewing old friendships, making new connections with fellow professionals, and sharing our expertise.

GCT at Startup Tour

Aleksandr Stiblo, Deputy Director, Business Development and Elizaveta Medvedeva, Associate, Business Development are currently participating at Open Innovations Startup Tour in St. Petersburg. The event takes place 18-19 of April, and it is an ideal opportunity for learning about most recent high-tech projects in various fields, including medicine and pharmaceuticals in Russia.

The presentations of the pharma and medical device companies on their new technologies were highly informative and exciting today. We are looking forward to coming back tomorrow to witness the start-up contest and to expand our local network!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Mnozhynskyy!

Today we are celebrating birthday of Dmytro Mnozhynskyy, Director of GCT Ukraine operations and global Project Manager. Dmytro has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, and has been with GCT for over 10 years now.

Dear Dmytro, may this year bring you a lot of happiness, joy and many new precious memories! All of us at GCT are very proud to have you as a crucial part of our team.

Happy Birthday, Dmytro! We hope you are having a wonderful day!

World Hypertension Day

Today, May 17 is dedicated to the condition known as Hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the main factors of cardiovascular diseases, which, in their turn, are the cause of 31 % of deaths. Hypertension affects 1.13 billion people worldwide (WHO).

Often there are no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, and the cause may lie in many factors including heredity, certain physical traits and everyday habits. However, there are ways to manage this condition. If you or your loved ones suffer from hypertension, here are the lifestyle choices worth considering:

  1. Managing your weight through following a healthy diet can improve your blood pressure. Some of the recommendations are eating less salt (5 g per day) and trying to eat more polyunsaturated fats. (They are the “good fats” that can help lower blood cholesterol, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.)
  2. Regular Exercise can strengthen your heart muscle, reduce body weight and blood pressure.

Global Clinical Trials has substantial experience conducting clinical trials in Cardiovascular and related diseases. We believe that World Hypertension Day is a wonderful opportunity to spread knowledge and awareness about how to fight Hypertension.

IBS Awareness Month

April is the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. It is estimated that approximately 10-15 % of the world population suffers from IBS. Though the condition is quite common, it still is a source of stigma and embarrassment for many. IBS often becomes the cause of significant inconveniences. Sadly, people suffering from IBS stay dependant on their condition while making simple everyday decisions such as choosing when to meet with friends or planning a trip.

The exact causes of IBS remain unknown. Though, it is partially linked to diet and lifestyle choices. There is also no treatment for this condition. People suffering from it are left to manage the disease on their own. They do so by trying to adjust their schedule and to adopt more suitable eating habits. However, it can be rather challenging. The symptoms, as well as the fitting treatment methods vary from person to person, so no universal advice can be given.

We look forward to seeing the adequate treatment for IBS being found soon. Meanwhile, we are grateful to use this opportunity to spread awareness among our audience and to take steps towards finding the cure as a CRO specializing in GI disorders.

Look out for symptoms of Bowel Cancer

April is the Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. This disease can affect anyone regardless of their gender and age.

Some of the common symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • Bleeding from the rectum and blood in feces
  • Persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Being easily fatigued with no obvious reason or cause
  • Pain or a lump in the abdomen

(Source: www.awarenessdays.com)

Factors that might contribute to the development of bowel cancer include poor diet, smoking and consuming alcohol as well as the lack of exercise.

Global Clinical Trials has a vast expertise in conducting clinical trials in oncology and gastroenterology. We are glad to use this opportunity to spread awareness of Bowel Cancer and to aid its early diagnosis.

Parkinson’s Awareness Week

The whole month of April, and the week of 8-14 in particular are dedicated to Parkinson’s Disease Awareness.

More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s Disease. People suffering from this condition experience involuntary muscle movement, slowness of motion and shaking. The causes remain unknown, though they most likely are linked with certain genetic and environmental conditions.  Statistics have proven that people with Parkinson’s disease have a reduced life expectancy.

As of now, we do not have a cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, the symptoms are usually treated with special medications and an appropriate diet. Multiple studies have shown that such habits as exercising regularly, implementing antioxidants in the diet (precisely, Vitamin C and Vitamin E), and also consuming caffeine seem to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Jeffrey Apter, GCT President and Dr. Eugene Selivra, GCT CEO are both CNS professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in the field. Global Clinical Trials has performed a great variety of CNS clinical studies during the 18 years of its existence. We are glad to use this opportunity to spread awareness about Parkinson’s Disease, and hope that more treatment options will be widely available for PD in the nearest future.

April: Alcohol Awareness Month


It is estimated that the harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 3 million people annually and causes more than 5% of the global disease burden (WHO).

Moreover, a great number of people worldwide suffer from alcohol addiction, which depreciates their quality of life significantly. The condition has numerous social, economical and health-related consequences. There are multiple causes of this disease including genetic, behavioral and psychological. Though, regardless of the reason, it is crucial that the person suffering from alcoholism receives adequate treatment and support from the government and her or his friends and loved ones.

It is clear that each country needs to put more effort in order to reduce alcohol abuse among its population. Some of these measures might be ensuring best tax policies and providing accessible treatment options and psychological support to people suffering from alcoholism and it’s causes.

Today there is a variety of methods used for alcohol addiction treatment, including both medication and psychological support. However, often the most challenging part is recognizing the problem and deciding to take action. We urge you to spread awareness about the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol so we can save more lives and improve the overall health of our society.

Happy Birthday to Irina Ryzhkova!

Today we are celebrating the birthday of our Deputy Director of Legal Affairs – Irina Ryzhkova! Irina has been with GCT for 7 years now, and she has truly become an irreplaceable part of the team.

All of us here at GCT are proud to work with such a devoted and a competent professional, and – just as importantly – a very kind and cheerful person.

We wish you have a very lovely birthday, and may your every day be as sunny and as exciting as today!

Happy birthday, Irina! 🙂

Sincerely yours,

GCT Team

AD/PD 2019 reception hosted by GCT

Dr. Jeffrey T. Apter at AD/PD 2019GCT hosts evening reception at AD/PD 2019Dr. Jeffrey T. Apter at AD/PD 2019

GCT President, Dr. Jeffrey T. Apter participated in AD/PD 2019, the 14th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and related neurological disorders last week in Lisbon.

Following the interactive and ground breaking scientific program, a wonderful evening reception was held by GCT President at Restaurante Tagide for company Friends and Clients. Warm atmosphere, beautiful view and company – everything is just perfect for networking with international medical and scientific professionals in the field of CNS drug development.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Jeffrey T. Apter at AD/PD 2019, GCT evening reception at AD/PD 2019

How To Predict Breast Cancer Relapse?

Scientists from Cambridge and Stanford universities have performed the research that shows breast cancer can be subcategorized into 11 separate types.

The hope is that by identifying the subtypes of breast cancer it could facilitate risk estimation of its reoccurrence, as various types have a difference chance of relapse. Some categories have a tendency of reoccurrence within 10 years after the initial diagnosis, while the others are not likely to come back. This becomes highly important as the findings could potentially ensure closer monitoring of those who are at the higher risk.

GCT has completed numerous cancer studies, including breast cancer clinical trials. We look forward to further promising updates on the research.


Source: Nature Journal 

Begin with Sleep

March 10th to 16th is also marked as the Sleep Awareness Week. It is organized by the National Sleep Foundation annually.

Getting enough of sleep and following sleep schedule is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. It facilitates cell regeneration, healing processes, and metabolism. If an optimal sleeping schedule is not followed, it can cause or contribute to weakening of the immune system, depression, and weight problems.

It is recommended for adults to receive from 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily, and to go to bed before midnight. It is also important to sleep in complete darkness to facilitate the generation of the melatonin hormone.

Here are some interesting facts about sleep according to National Sleep Foundation:

You Can Jolt Yourself Awake

It’s not unusual to feel like you’re physically falling while you’re falling asleep. This feeling can trigger your limbs to jolt yourself awake. Your body is typically temporarily paralyzed while you’re sleeping, but the paralysis hasn’t happened yet during the earliest, lightest sleep stage, so you might experience what is known as a hypnagogic.

Sleep is As Important as Diet and Exercise

You probably already fit in 30 minutes of exercise on most days and stock your kitchen with nutritious eats, but don’t forget to add “make time for zzz’s” to your stay-healthy list. It’s just as critical, because sleep deprivation has been linked to heart disease, depression, and diabetes. While you sleep, your body releases growth hormones that work to rebuild muscles and joints. The more sleep you get, the better equipped your body will be to repair itself.

You Have Dreams Even If You Don’t Remember Them

The average person has four to six dreams a night, but most people can’t recall up to 99 percent of them. Try keeping a dream journal next to your bed and jotting down anything that you remember as soon as you wake up.

You Can Sleep Your Way Skinny

Getting your beauty sleep can help regulate hormones that control appetite, so you’ll eat fewer calories overall when you snooze for seven to nine hours per night, compared with when you’re underslept. Specifically, lack of sleep can decrease ghrelin, a hormone that helps you feel satiated, and increase the hunger hormone leptin. Moreover, not sleeping enough makes you more likely to reach for unhealthy foods: Cravings for high-calorie, fatty foods surge by 45 percent when you’re sleep-deprived.

Certain foods contain an amino acid called tryptophan more available to the brain , which is why carbohydrate-heavy meals  can make you drowsy.

Newborns Sleep an Average of 14 to 17 Hours a Day

Babies have a lot of growing to do, so they need a lot more sleep than adults. The weird thing is that, unlike adults, if your baby is sleep-deprived he or will sleep less, not more!

Snoozing Can Improve Your Memory

Feeling more forgetful? Try clocking more time in the sack. In fact, sleep-deprived people score lower on tests of working memory (a.k.a. short-term memory) than those who have had a good night’s rest. Cerebral spinal fluid is pumped more quickly throughout the brain while you sleep. It acts like a dishwasher, whisking away waste products that brain cells make. So you wake up with, quite literally, a clean slate.

Athletes Need More Sleep

How much sleep that you need, exactly, depends on your genes. Most adults need about seven to nine hours a night, but athletes may improve their performance by sleeping up to 10 hours per night, because all of that physical activity means that their bodies require more sleep to repair muscles and restore energy.

Happy Birthday to Iryna Golovach!

Today we are celebrating the birthday of Iryna Golovach! Iryna is our CRA in the Ukrainian office. She’s been with GCT since 2008, and monitored numerous studies in Oncology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, CNS and other fields.

All of us here at GCT wish Iryna a happy birthday! We hope this year will bring you a lot of happiness, many smiles, new achievements, and more exciting moments! Have a wonderful day 🙂

-GCT Team

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