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Building Bridges to Advance CER

Triangle Comparative Effectiveness Research Symposium

May 13-14, 2015
Research Triangle Park, NC


  • The Comparative Effectiveness Research Strategic Initiative (CER-SI) of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), supported by the National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Award program (NIH-CTSA), and in collaboration with RTI International and Duke Clinical Research Institute, are sponsoring a CER symposium on May 13 and 14, 2015 at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics and the Hospitalist Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
      • “Pragmatic trials in health insurance systems: designing and evaluating interventions to increase patient engagement”

    • Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Associate Vice President for Population Health Sciences in the Office of Health Affairs at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health System).
      • “Incorporating patient-centered outcomes and diverse stakeholder input in a clinical trial”

    Panel Discussions

    • Engaging the Patient in CER
    • Use of “Real World” Data in CER
    • Engaging Delivery Systems and Industry Stakeholders in CER
    • New Directions in CER Methods

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  • Draft Program

    • Day 1 (Approximately 1 pm – 7 pm)
      • Keynote Address
      • Panel Discussion: Engaging the Patient in CER
      • Panel Discussion: Use of “Real World” Data in CER
      • Abstract Presentations

    • Day 2 (Approximately 8 am – 3 pm)
      • Panel Discussion: Engaging Delivery Systems and Industry Stakeholders in CER
      • Panel Discussion: New Directions in CER Methods
      • Lunch and Poster Session
      • Keynote Address
  • The registration system for the symposium will be available in mid to late February — please check back soon.

    Participants may attend in-person or via webinar.

    For in-person attendance, the cost is $50/person ($20 for students and post-docs) to cover beverages and food.

    Attendance via webinar is free.

    All in-person and webinar attendees must register. For webinar attendees, connection instructions will be emailed prior to the symposium.

  • Call for Abstracts — Deadline March 1, 2015

    We invite students and early investigators to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at the symposium. The symposium seeks abstracts of original unpublished research that compare the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor a clinical condition, or to improve the delivery of care; and that assists consumers, clinicians, purchasers, and policy-makers to make informed decisions that will improve health care. Abstracts that focus on the following topic areas are encouraged, but not required:

    1. Engaging the patient in CER: This area includes patient engagement in the research process as well as patient-centered measures and engaging the patient in their health care (e.g., through shared-decision making, use of mobile technology, etc.)
    2. Use of “real world” data in CER: This area covers the use of registries, electronic health records, data warehouses, administrative claims, etc. for CER and issues with linkage, harmonization, information exchange, and governance.
    3. Engaging delivery systems/industry in CER: This area covers the roles and needs of delivery systems and industry in the context of CER and improving quality of care.
    4. CER methods: This area covers methodological approaches/issues related to the conduct of CER from study design through data analysis. Examples of topics are: heterogeneity of treatment effects, qualitative designs/analyses, modeling, new methods/directions, improving methods for meta-analyses and systematic reviews etc.
    5. Data linkage: Harmonization between electronic medical records, registries, and claims data;
    6. Design and implementation of pragmatic trials

    Applications may come from a wide range of relevant topics such as:
    1. prescription drugs,
    2. medical devices,
    3. invasive/surgical and non-invasive/non-surgical care,
    4. complex clinical strategies,
    5. healthcare delivery systems
    6. quality improvement programs
    7. diagnostics.

    Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and invited for either oral or poster presentation according to ranked scores. The submission deadline is March 1, 2015. Abstracts are limited to 500 words and should be submitted using the online abstract submission form. Please note that registration with NC TraCS is required to submit an abstract. Anyone can register with NC TraCS. An affiliation with UNC is not required.

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