Without rigorous design and strategic planning, psychiatry research walks a fine line between hard science and subjectivity. That’s why Worldwide designs studies that balance the needs of stakeholders at every stage of the process.
By developing close working relationships with key clinical leaders and engaging a broad network of clinicians globally, Worldwide fosters improved participation and quality for psychiatry clinical trials. To go a step further by also appealing to patients and regulators, you need a dedicated team with experience navigating a narrow road—a team that speaks a language everyone understands, and designs and executes a study that balances everyone’s priorities.
Worldwide has a proven track record and wealth of experience within our therapeutically aligned team. Our clinicians, scientists, staff and project teams have extensive experience in conducting all phases of clinical trials with more than 50 psychiatry studies enrolling over 7,000 patients globally.
VICE PRESIDENT, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, NEUROSCIENCE
Natalia has worked in clinical research for nearly 25 years, focusing primarily on neurology, psychiatry, pain, and pediatrics. Her experience includes small, intricate Phase I studies as well as large global Phase III programs. As Franchise Area Lead for Neuroscience, she provides operational oversight to neuroscience projects, working with bespoke teams to develop operational strategy and to mitigate risk.
Bartosz is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist with more than two decades of clinical experience, including 18 years in therapeutic research and development. He manages and coordinates the activities of the Medical Affairs group across all therapeutic areas. In prior roles, Bartosz was responsible for direct supervision of all medical monitoring and scientific services, and served as medical advisor for numerous pediatric and adult trials as the neuroscience leader in MDD, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, MCI, and other neurology studies. Bartosz has been extensively involved in CNS drug development program designs, protocol development, medical and safety management of global clinical studies, and CNS rater training and qualification programs.
With 25 years of experience, Lisa has overseen projects ranging from small, complex Phase I and Phase II studies to global Phase III, IV, and expanded access trials with adult, geriatric, and pediatric populations. Lisa oversees neuroscience programs and personnel, as well as developing processes and tools for high-quality project delivery. She provides operational oversight for Worldwide’s neuroscience portfolio, line management to Global Project Leads, and supports corporate and process improvement initiatives. Her areas of expertise include psychiatric (schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, anxiety, and ADHD), analgesic (post-operative, osteoarthritic and neuropathic), and neurologic (Parkinson’s disease, restless leg syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease).
Rolana Avrumson has more than 23 years’ clinical experience, 14 years’ experience in clinical trial research, and has worked for Worldwide Clinical Trials since May 2014. As the Vice President of Clinical Projects, her primary responsibilities include oversight of the operational and clinical conduct of assigned studies, including rater, CRA, and patient training; source eligibility reviews; data surveillance; sponsor reporting; and scale management. Ms. Avrumson has held significant roles in global and domestic phase I-IV trials in several indications with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations including psychiatry, neurocognitive disorders, movement disorders, and various rare disease and pain indications. Ms. Avrumson has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling psychology with a specialty in substance dependence from the University at Albany, Albany, NY, and a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University, Medford, MA.
Richard Koenig is Executive Director, Project Management, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Rare Diseases for Worldwide Clinical Trials. He has more than two decades of clinical research experience, specializing in CNS disorders and extending to a broad range of therapeutic areas. His portfolio spans all phases of study and ranges from small regional projects to global-scale programs. Whether working with a small biotech or a large pharmaceutical company, he applies localized attention to sponsor needs.
Worldwide is one of the few full-service CROs that provides rater training, scale management, and management of electronic Clinical Outcome Assessments (eCOA/ePRO) vendors. We’ve conducted rater training and data surveillance for hundreds of domestic and international Phase I-IV trials and trained more than 7,000 raters.
Disease heterogeneity and a lack of definitive markers within psychiatric indications make selecting the right sites to identify the right patients imperative. Worldwide has a robust, carefully cultivated global network of qualified psychiatric sites with strong trial experience in numerous patient populations.
Our founders and staff members have made substantial contributions to trial methodology in depression and psychiatric indications for the past 30+ years, authoring seminal citations and analyzing studies in all phases of development–meaning we can bring you an unparalleled understanding of the complexities of psychiatric trials to help mitigate risks inherent to this field.
From major depressive disorder with psychomotor retardation to acutely psychotic schizophrenia, Worldwide has done it all. We’ve worked with compounds such as psychedelics, stimulants, reuptake inhibitors, neurotoxin proteins, atypical antipsychotics, long-acting injectables, and many more.
When we decide to do something, we do it well. Worldwide set out to improve psychiatric and neurologic health for patients around the world a long time ago. Now, our commitment to advancing the field through meaningful, standard-setting contributions is perhaps our greatest legacy.
A crowded research space makes it difficult to weed the subjectivity out of the science—which demands a CRO with psychiatry know-how from the ground up and the top down. Our proven track record for patient recruitment and engaged investigator networks speaks volumes about our expertise in psychiatric trial development and execution.
We’ve been a part of industry-sponsored psychedelic trials since they began. Our Psychedelic Center of Excellence has a comprehensive approach to the complex operational delivery of these trials and working with patients and sites for study success.LEARN MORE
Worldwide was founded to help improve research for neurology patients. Decades later, we’ve done it all, working on a dizzying number of compounds and indications in every phase. Now Worldwide is one of the few full-service CROs that provides integrated rater training, scale management, bespoke assessment development, and a broad range of other highly specialized consulting services in addition to our top-notch global network of study execution experts.Learn More
Our Cognitive Task Force and scale development work speak volumes about our commitment to Alzheimer’s and dementia research. At Worldwide, we design and execute rigorous, compassionate studies we’d be happy to have our own family and friends take part in, carefully protecting the patient experience and maintaining compelling data integrity to get products to market even in this competitive research space.Learn More
Rare neurological diseases each have unique hurdles for developing compelling outcomes assessments that can demonstrate efficacy with small patient populations. Worldwide is a leader in rare disease recruitment, novel endpoint development, and innovative study designs. We deliver specialty studies that apply our overarching knowledge in neurological conditions and rare diseases to thoughtful study designs, respecting patient communities and generating the data sponsors need to advance their compound to market.Learn More
Worldwide leads the way in best practice development for pain and addiction research. We have seen it all, which helps us offer the right blend of tried-and-true logistics, creative study designs, and thoughtful outcomes measures to augment objectivity in this otherwise nebulous field of research.Learn More
Senior Director Project Management, Neuroscience – Spain
Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs
Senior Director, Project Management
Senior Director, Therapeutic Strategy Lead, Neuroscience
Vice President, Central Nervous System Therapeutic Area Lead, Medical Affairs
Chief Development Officer
Executive Director, Project Management, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Rare Diseases
Executive Vice President, Global Therapeutic Lead, Neuroscience
Executive Director, Project Management, Franchise Area Lead, Analgesia, Addiction, and Neurology Rare Disorders
Vice President, Scientific Solutions, Neuroscience
Executive Director, Project Management, Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias
Executive Director, Project Management, Neurology and Rare Diseases
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Vice President, Project Management, Neuroscience
Vice President, Neuroscience, Scientific Solutions
Executive Director, Project Management, Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias
Vice President, Project Management, Psychiatry and Neurology
Senior Vice President, Medical Sciences
Vice President of Clinical Projects, Clinical Assessment Technologies