Commonalities and Challenges in the Development of Clinical Trial Measures in Neurology

Jesse M. Cedarbaum*, Diane Stephenson, Richard Rudick, Maria C. Carrillo, Glenn Stebbins, Douglas Kerr, Jill Heemskerk, Wendy R. Galpern, Petra Kaufmann, David Cella, Maria Isaac, Marc K. Walton

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


As neurologists and neuroscientists, we are trained to evaluate disorders of the nervous system by thinking systematically. Clinically, we think in terms of cognition, behavior, motor function, sensation, balance and co-ordination, and autonomic system function. But when we assess symptoms of neurological disorders for the purpose of drug development, we tend to create disease-specific outcome measures, often using a variety of methods to assess the same types of dysfunction in overlapping, related disorders. To begin to explore the potential to simplify and harmonize the assessment of dysfunction across neurological disorders, a symposium, entitled, "Commonalities in the Development of Outcome Measures in Neurology" was held at the 16th annual meeting of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics (ASENT), in February 2014. This paper summarizes the presentations at the symposium. The authors hope that readers will begin to view Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA) development in a new light. We hope that in presenting this material, we will stimulate discussions and collaborations across disease areas to develop common concepts of neurological COA development and construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-169
Number of pages19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Clinical outcome assessments
  • Clinical trials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Commonalities and Challenges in the Development of Clinical Trial Measures in Neurology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this