Welcome. You’re probably here because of my presentation on ten cognitive optical illusions in clinical research. There is a YouTube version below. You can also download a powerpoint version or a pdf version.
You are welcome to use or distribute the presentation, with appropriate attribution.
About the Blog
In addition to the presentation, there are a few additional posts. They fall into two main categories. The first are grouped under “Drug Development” tab in the navigation bar above. For those of you who are interested in the cognitive optical illusions, please read “Small Sample Size Paradox” under Drug Development -> Paradoxes. It is an important illusion that I haven’t incorporated into the slideset yet.
If you’re involved in clinical research, you might find the “Reducing Sample Size” post helpful. It is a list of techniques used to reduce sample sizes of clinical trials. “Why Clinical Trials Fail” is a post on the most common causes of negative clinical trial results.
If you’re interested in drug productivity, I have some posts on my personal thoughts regarding drug development productivity under the Drug Development -> Productivity tab. Of note, the post, “Whence the Low Productivity” has a couple of graphs on pesticide industry productivity that I think serves as an interesting comparator to drug development productivity.
Under the “Textbooks” tab above is a list of my textbooks, including Global Clinical Trials Playbook, which has recently been published.
Another section of the site is the “A New Look at Biology” section with my observations on biology, especially orthogonal, unconventional, or paradoxical observations. The newest part of the site is “Managing Startups” where I post observations about being an entrepreneur, taking a startup from a standing start to a public company, and some lessons in management I’ve learned.