Boston, Mass.—The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) kicked off its 2008 Global Conference & Exhibition at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston today (April 25) with the first in a two-day series of pre-conference workshops to be followed by three days of sessions, keynote speeches, and networking opportunities. Highlighting the theme of “Human Subjects and the Clinical Research Partnership,” the event officially opens on Sunday, April 27 and continues into Tuesday, April 29, with a record high of nearly 3,000 attendees expected.
“We expect that everyone at the Global Conference will remember this year’s event as the biggest and best assembly of educational resources and personalities ever devoted to the drug and device research enterprise,” said Deborah Lasher, RN, MPH, CCRC, chair of the ACRP Board of Trustees.
The half-day and full-day workshops provide an in-depth review of subject matter from instructors who have proven classroom experience, having received excellent reviews from attendees of previous educational events. This year’s workshops focus on such topics as “Fundamentals of Clinical Research,” “Conducting Patient-Centered Clinical Trials: Building Trust and Improving Communication Across Cultures,” “The Pathway from Physician to Investigator,” “Beyond the Belmont Report: Ensuring Ethical Research with Human Subjects,” and “Around the World: A Global View of Subject Protection.”
The schedule for today and Saturday, April 26, also includes a variety of workshops for the Global Conference’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators (APPI) Program, now in its third year of full integration with ACRP.
On Sunday, April 27, the conference’s Opening Plenary Session features Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, delivering a keynote speech on “Partnerships in Human Subjects Research: Translating Genomic Discoveries to Clinical Medicine.” For the Plenary Session on Monday, April 28, Ken Getz, MBA, Research Fellow, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, will moderate a panel of keynote speakers on “Globalization of Clinical Trials” including David A. Lepay, MD, PhD, Senior Advisor for Clinical Science, Science/Health Coordination and International Programs, Office of the Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Robert K. Crone, MD, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group; and Joan Shaw, MT (ASCP), MS, CC, Executive Director, U.S. Study Delivery for AstraZeneca. The Closing Plenary Session on Tuesday, April 29, features keynote speaker Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research and an inventor and entrepreneur who has tirelessly advocated for science and technology. Kamen’s inventions include the first wearable infusion pump and other innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide.
For more information about the conference, please visit www.acrp2008.org. Founded in 1976 and based in Alexandria, Va., the nonprofit ACRP is the leading global association for the entire clinical research team of professionals dealing with clinical trials for testing new drugs, medical devices, and therapies on volunteer subjects. For more information about the 21,000-member association, visit www.acrpnet.org.
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Last updated on: 27/08/2010