Welcome from the Clinical Forum Chairperson

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 7th Annual DIA Clinical Forum to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 8-9 October 2013. 

The DIA Clinical Forum is known as a conference that brings together experts from different fields, including data management, clinical operations, drug safety, medical affairs, medical information and medical writing. Experts share their expertise and experiences with people from other companies and disciplines. Making the presentations and workshops relevant to the day to day work of participants has always been the focus of previous programme committees – and I am glad to confirm that this won’t be any different this year.

Dublin, the European Capital of Science in 2012, has a long tradition as a respected seat of education and sciences. With innovative biotechnology companies and third party providers, together with its world renowned universities and colleges, Dublin promises to be an ideal venue for the exchange of ideas.

“Rebooting Clinical Development” will be our overall programme theme. For many reasons clinical development has experienced substantial challenges over the last couple of years. Looking at the changing and even more demanding regulatory landscape, the trend of shifting major operational pieces of clinical development to China and India and innovative concepts such as “virtual” trials, it becomes evident that many more changes are expected. It may require a “reboot”, and a deep breath of fresh Irish air to see where we are and in which direction we may need to go.

The programme committee and I would like to invite you to submit an abstract that speaks to any of the topics laid out in this Call for Abstracts. I also kindly ask you to block the dates of the Clinical Forum in your schedule.

Finally, I am looking forward to welcoming you to Dublin in October!

Detlef Nehrdich  Detlef Nehrdich 
Programme Chair
Senior Associate, Waife & Associates Inc. 
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