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Which Clinical Research Conferences to Attend in 2018?

Happy new year and welcome to 2018!

As the clinical research industry continues to grow so does the plethora of educational opportunities and conferences that cater to our industry. Clinical Research is a very dynamic industry with new technologies, regulations and best practices emerging every year.

As one of Advantage Clinical’s 2018 initiatives we will be exhibiting at a variety of trade shows and conferences all across North America. As a part of figuring out where we should go, a lot of research has gone in to the current offerings, and we thought we would make good use of that summary knowledge and pass it onto you!

Clinical Research conferences, seminars and trade shows are a great way to stay current on emerging topics / trends as well as polish up and gain an alternative perspective on some of our staples practices. Not to mention the networking opportunities! Meeting colleagues in the industry at such events gives you the opportunity to gain new knowledge and insight, and to learn from your colleagues and help our industry continue to thrive!

So without further adieu, we present to you our top 10 North American Clinical Research conferences for 2018:

In Chronological order of course….

Scope Summit for Clinical Ops Executives
February 12th – 15th
Orlando, Florida

This event has a strong focus on clinical trial planning, management and operations: Site Selection and Management, Patient Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Protocol Optimization, Feasibility, Data Strategy & Analytics, Sensors and Wearables, Project Management, Outsourcing, Forecasting, Resource Management and Capacity Planning, Budgeting and Contracting, Quality (QbD) in Trial Conduct, Risk-Based Monitoring, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Post-Marketing Studies, Observational Research, Clinical Supply Chain, and Precision Medicine.

Link: http://www.scopesummit.com/ to learn more

Proactive GCP Compliance
March 19th – 21st 2018
Orlando, Florida

Now in its ninth year, ExL’s Proactive GCP Compliance conference continues to act as the annual forum for both senior-level clinical quality and clinical operations executives to gather, learn and discuss strategies to achieve and maintain global GCP compliance. Attend the conference to learn how to effectively build quality risk management approaches into your clinical operations to optimize research, maintain GCP compliance, contain costs and ensure patient safety.

Link: http://exlevents.com/proactive-gcp-compliance/

ACRP Global Meeting and Expo (Association of Clinical Research Professionals)
April 27th – 30th 2018
Gaylord National Resort
National Harbour, Maryland
**Advantage Clinical Exhibiting**

ACRP, one of the most prominent professional associations in our industry, strives to set the standards for clinical research competence and workforce development. At this conference you will have the opportunity to gain an unparalleled view of the changing clinical trial landscape and network with management teams from sponsors, CROs, and sites.

Having personally attended this conference since 2013 (and as and active volunteer, board member and mentor…bias aside) it is highly recommended for any clinical research professional! In addition to the all star speakers, this conference offers a variety of networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the globe.

Advantage Clinical is very excited be one of the 100+ exhibitors at the meetings this year. Tour the exhibit hall to meet Sponsors, CROs, vendors, sites / site networks and of course US!

Link: https://2018.acrpnet.org/ to learn more

Canada Talks Pharma
May 15th – 16th 2018
Toronto, Ontario Canada
**Advantage Clinical Exhibiting**

Being a Canadian company we of course wanted to draw attention to one of Canadas flagship clinical research conferences, Canada Talks Pharma. Canada is home to a burgeoning clinical research industry and this conference brings together clinical research sites, sponsors and CROs. With over 300 attendees in the world class city of Toronto you are bound to make some great connections over some maple syrup pancakes and Canadian bacon. Join us at Canada Talks Pharma to explore this years topic: Opportunities out of Obstacles- Overcoming Barriers in Clinical Trials.

Link: https://canadatalkspharma.com/ to learn more

MAGI East
May 20th – 23rd
Arlington, VA

With a 99% attendee satisfaction rate you can’t go wrong! MAGI holds two conferences per year, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. Each conference draws over 600 attendees who can attend over 100 sessions / workshops.

If you are a clinical research novice or veteran; with a study sponsor, research site, or CRO; in a corporate, academic or other organization; you will find a coherent and comprehensive program that focuses on your current needs for applicable information. MAGI sessions and workshops emphasize practical tips based on real-life examples, with lots of interaction.

Link: http://magiworld.org/events/2018E/ to learn more

DIA Annual Meeting (Drug Information Association)
June 24th – 8th 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
**Advantage Clinical Exhibiting**

The one conference on our list which expands beyond the clinical research world. DIA Global is a great conference to gain insight into the bigger picture of where clinical research falls into the spectrum of health care for our patients.

Designed to drive insights into action by connecting key policy discussions to real-world knowledge that you need to do your job every day, attendance at DIA will accelerate your growth and your organization’s performance in the development ecosystem. Sessions will include distinguished speakers and expert panelists from regulatory, industry, patient advocacy, and academia. Engage with global decision makers and influencers in the biotechnology hub of 2018 that you would not otherwise have access to. Advance health care product development globally and grow your career while doing so.

Link: http://www.diaglobal.org/en/flagship/dia-2018 to learn more

Society for Clinical Data Management
September 23rd – 26th 2018
Seattle, Washington

Calling all Data Management professionals!

The Society of Clinical Data Management annual conference is a great opportunity for clinical data professionals to learn from their colleagues (over 800 in attendance), network and keep current on emerging trends and technology in the data management world.

The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) is a non-profit, international organization of 2,200+ members, created to advance the discipline of Clinical Data Management. SCDM strives to become the discipline’s world leading advocate.

Link: https://www.scdm2018.org/ to learn more.

SoCRA Annual Meeting ( Society of Clinical Research Associates)
September 28th – 30th 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
**Advantage Clinical Exhibiting**

SoCRA is one of the leading professional associations in our industry and is hosting their annual general meeting and expo in New Orleans Louisiana. Having been involved with SoCRA as a member, speaker and volunteer for a number of years (bias aside…) this is one of my most highly recommended conferences for 2018.

SoCRA’s annual meeting is a wonderful opportunity to network, learn and get involved with your colleagues in the clinical research world. With well over 100 sessions / talks SoCRA’s annual meeting is the place to be to stay current on emerging trends and improve your best practices. And while you’re there why not take a tour down Bourbon street and indulge in some New Orleans culture!

Link: http://www.socra.org/annual-conference/2018-conference-information/conference-information/ to learn more

MAGI East
October 21st – 24th
San Diego, California.

As if you really needed an excuse to go to San Diego…..

With a 99% attendee satisfaction rate you can’t go wrong! MAGI holds two conferences per year, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. Each conference draws over 600 attendees who can attend over 100 sessions / workshops.

If you are a clinical research novice or veteran; with a study sponsor, research site, or CRO; in a corporate, academic or other organization; you will find a coherent and comprehensive program that focuses on your current needs for applicable information. MAGI sessions and workshops emphasize practical tips based on real-life examples, with lots of interaction.

Link: https://magiworld.org/events/ to learn more.

Global Site Solutions Summit
October 12th – 14th 2018
Boca Raton, Florida
**Advantage Clinical Exhibiting**

Attention Clinical Research Sites!!!!

For the last 12 years, the Global Site Solutions Summit has been committed to being “the site’s meeting.” The Summit provides a unique hub where sites, sponsors, CRO executives and regulators come together and share best practices, build their businesses, and develop new partnerships through debates, ideation sessions, workshops and focus groups

SCRS is confident that by increasing site sustainability, all life science stakeholders will realize greater efficiency and profitability, and successfully meet the ultimate commitment to bring safe medical treatments to patients faster.

Link: http://sitesolutionssummit.com/ to learn more

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