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The challenges of drug development in CNS is well known, the recent failures of the large phase III trials in Alzheimer's disease illustrates the problem. There is however an alternative route in CNS which can prove to be more accessible to small and medium sized companies and that is the CNS orphan diseases. Diseases such as Progressive Supraneuclear Palsy (PSP), Fronto Temporal Dementia (FTD) or Huntington's disease can be initial substitutes for the likes of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson's disease in which to test the effectiveness of a new drug. This masterclass will look at the challenges and potential advantages of developing drugs in CNS orphan diseases, compared to larger CNS indications and also looks at the support that is available to drug developers in orphan diseases. It will look at case studies of drug companies who have followed this route.

• This masterclass is essential attendance for anyone who wants to understand clinical trials in a rare CNS disease
• Gain timely insight into key trial design strategies
• Discover the benefits of orphan disease regulations
• Learn from real-life case studies of how companies have approached these challenges

Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

Susan McGoldrick

Susan McGoldrick, CEO, QCTR Ltd

Audrey Jamieson

Audrey Jamieson, Business Development Manager, QCTR Ltd

9:10 Overview of orphan diseases – regulatory and other support available

9:50 Challenges of CNS orphan diseases compared to larger CNS indications

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Case studies of drug development in CNS orphan diseases:

12:20 Closing Remarks

12:30 End of masterclass

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