Research groups fail to reach agreement on protocol for treatment trials for CJD

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 11 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:603
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The long running squabble holding up treatment trials for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in Britain surfaced again last week when the former chairman of the Prion Trial Steering Committee, Professor Iain Chalmers, said in an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement (5 March, p 1) that a “bitter relationship” between the two leading research institutions was delaying agreement on a national research framework.

    The Medical Research Council's Prion Unit at the Institute of Neurology in London has been unable to agree a trial protocol with the CJD Surveillance Unit at Edinburgh University. Both units, however, are now saying they expect to deliver a protocol by Easter.

    “There's no good reason …

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