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need experience with procedure before embarking on RCTs

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:42 am
by Cece
It's not just our Dr. Sclafani saying this, it's Dr. Nicolaides too:
Prof Andrew Nicolaides chaired the session on consensus white paper from the society which outlines very carefully the current situation with respect to the scientific research on CCSVI. I was fortunate to spend some time with him and he was very clear that our approach in the UK was the correct one. It is vital to get experience of the condition and the angioplasty procedure before embarking on a randomised trial. He will be a valuable mentor in the future to make sure our study design is correct and has enough statistical power to demonstrate the proper outcomes.
From Dr. Gilhooly's notes: ... ca3fe91&e=

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:02 am
by CRHInv
What a wonderful article. It brought tears to my eyes. I am so pleased that this treatment continues to be so promising for so many. When I first learned of this, I was so afraid it would get buried and would not get fully investigated. I am so glad this continues to look so hopeful for so many.

Cece, I know you brought this up to talk about the need for experience before the RCT. That is a good idea, of course. I am happy so many smart and caring doctors are working to do this right.

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:34 am
by Cece
I am happy to talk about anything in Dr. Gilhooly's article. He covered many of the high points of ISNVD. :)

By the time I heard of CCSVI, the cat was escaping its bag. CCSVI has its complexities but it's basically a simple idea. It can be checked, it's either there or not there.