Sunday, June 27, 2010

46th Annual Drug Information Association Meeting: A Message from Sandra Smith

The 46th annual meeting of the Drug Information Association (DIA) was held this year in Washington, DC.  Dr. Littlejohn, Jennifer Byrne, Amanda Wright, Susan Donahue and I attended this meeting.  This meeting is a global event for more than 8,000 research professionals to gather to facilitate knowledge exchange to positively impact innovation for better health outcomes.

There were 330 educational sessions with over 1,100 speakers from regulatory agencies, CRO’s, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers as well as 550 exhibiting companies including Clinical Ink!  This was a great networking opportunity for our company and we made many new contacts and caught up with “old” friends as well. 

There were many highlights from the meeting. Dr. Littlejohn, Jennifer, and Amanda were presenters for three of the educational sessions sharing information from our site’s perspective!  (Please click on each person's name to see their presentations.)  We heard the plans of Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration who was the keynote speaker.  Kenneth Getz from CISCRP arranged for a special event with John Crowley whose story inspired the movie “Extraordinary Measures”.  Mr. Crowley received a standing ovation from the audience after telling the story of his life’s journey to find a cure for the rare cancer that two of his children suffer from. 

The five of us attended a variety of educational sessions and we will be working to disseminate and apply the information we obtained to the PMG Research sites.  This was the first DIA meeting I have attended and it was a wonderful experience. If you are interested in presenting a topic at next year’s DIA please let Jennifer know.  Next June Kenneth Getz will be the Chairperson hosting the 47th DIA annual meeting which will be in Chicago, IL.  Written by Sandra Smith

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