Alex Sherman

Dr Alex Sherman

Director, Strategic Development & Systems, Neurological Clinical Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital

Alex's interests and passion are in developing collaborations in clinical research and building disease-specific research networks and consortia to achieve “Big Data” in rare diseases. Other areas of his research are understanding the benefits of patient-centric research and incentives for research collaborations and data sharing. He is a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences and has many publications on the topics of collaboration in clinical research, data and biospecimen sharing and technology utilization for these purposes.
As the Director of Strategic Development & Systems at the Neurological Clinical Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, Alex is responsible for the successful design, development and deployment of software platforms for numerous clinical trials and biomarker studies in ALS, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and depression. Alex conceived and was instrumental in design, development and adoption by the international research community of NeuroBANK™ platform, an accelerated clinical research environment, currently utilized by numerous researchers and institutions worldwide. His team was responsible for conception, design and implementation of PRO-ACT - the largest clinical dataset from clinical trials data in ALS and the first such attempt in a rare diseases space. This platform was selected as the Best Practices winner by the Bio-IT World Congress in 2013 and by Clinical Informatics News in 2016.

Alex is a Board Member of the ALS Research Group (ALSRG) and a founding Board Member of ALD Connect research consortium. Mr. Sherman holds Masters of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and graduated from a doctorate program in Nuclear Engineering. He is a Principal Associate in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.


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