Specializing in
health care and


Projects and Product Lines
Laurie has been involved in research in the both the US and Europe, related to the following subject areas:

Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery
Devices: cardiac valves, catheters and catheter systems, balloons, stents, distal protection devices, treatment of atrial fibrillation, methods for sutureless connection of grafts
Drugs: statins, antihypertensives, anticoagulants and antiplatelets, tPA, critical care medications
Interviewed for projects in this category: cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, pulmonologists, interventional cardiologists, intensivists (OUS)

Gynecology/Women's Health
Devices for reversible and irreversible sterilization, treatment of incontinence and abnormal and dysfunctional uterine bleeding, minimally invasive uterine surgery, transdermal patches as a delivery method for hormone replacement therapy
Drugs: hormone replacement therapy, treatments for PMS
Other projects: physician attitudes toward prescribing drugs for prevention or treatment of specific chronic health conditions, impact of physician/patient interaction on prescribing decisions and compliance; market potential of a treatment for premenstrual syndrome Interviewed for projects in this category: gynecologists, obstetricians, primary care physicians, nurses, patients

Vascular Surgery
Devices: exploration of enhancements of catheters, stents and delivery systems used in revascularization procedures.
Other projects: standard practices for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis among US and OUS physicians.
Interviewed for projects in this category: peripheral vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, intensivists, anesthetists, cardiologists (OUS).

Psychiatry/Central Nervous System
Drugs: antidepressants, antipsychotics, treatments for ADD/ADHD
Other projects: use of antipsychotics with patients in group homes; the flow of the acutely psychotic patient through the health care system; distinguishing characteristics of the atypical antipsychotics
Interviewed for projects in this category: Psychiatrists, behavioral health group home administrators, institutional pharmacy directors, nurses

Surgical Devices and Products Used in Surgery
Devices: implantable meshes, anti-adhesive agents, sealants, hemostatics Interviewed for projects in this category: cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general surgeons, emergency physicians

Other Subject Areas
Devices: Insulin delivery devices; inhalers, antiseptic hand washes
Drugs: anti-allergy medications, topical treatment for skin cancer, pain control agents, oncology agents, critical care medications
Project: physician usage patterns for a very potent pain medication that was at risk for removal from the market because the FDA deemed it over-prescribed – would targeted physician education by the manufacturer be effective in ensuring the medication would be limited to use as indicated, thereby neutralizing FDA concerns?
Interviewed for these projects: Primary care physicians, dermatologists, physicians specializing in treatment of infectious diseases, physicians specializing in critical care, orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, nurses, hospital purchasing agents., hospital purchasing managers, case managers, ICU managers, patients. 9/1/03