The need for anonymity
How DSMBs work
Big honor, but no bragging rights
But it’s a no-no to brag about it, as one university recently found out.
“It looks like a staff member shared that news and was unaware that it was not for public consumption,” a university spokesperson wrote to CNN.
CNN is not revealing the professor’s name or the name of the university.
Despite the lack of public recognition, fame and glory, Ellenberg says there’s plenty of motivation to serve on these boards.
“You feel a great responsibility when you’re on these trials,” she said. “Everybody’s trusting you with these data.”
Still, downstream from the DSMB, Ellenberg acknowledges “we’re in uncharted territory.”
Last week, President Trump claimed the White House can overrule the FDA’s attempt to toughen its Covid-19 vaccine guidelines — guidelines that could push hopes of a vaccine authorization past Election Day.
“It never occurred to anybody that anybody outside the FDA would would try and interfere with that,” Ellenberg said. “And I’m hopeful that they won’t.”