A face to face reminder of all that is important to CDM Professionals and Beyond

A Meeting of Minds and a Poignant Memory

As always the ACDM conference, held in London last week, was both enjoyable and informative. The British Medical Association building proved a great setting for the 60 or so attendees and sponsors, while the plaque outside reminded me of the cancelled ACDM event 9 years ago on 7/7.  This recollection becomes more poignant given that after initially drafting this blog, the tragic events in Brussels took place.

The event keynote speakers Gary Acton and Martyn Ashton provided two very interesting talks.  Gary around how we currently undertake clinical research (particularly in the area of cancer) and how this will need to change to keep up with the personalised response to medication that we can now properly assess for the first time. Martyn then talked about his own experiences as both the patient and the seeker of a cure.  The sessions both provided a nice reminder of why we do what we do, and why it is such an exciting field to be in.

Reducing the pain of integration

The rest of the morning sessions all visited the topic of integration – firstly the bridge between EDC and safety, then the wider question of how much of the integration problem may be removed by operating from a single platform.  There was then a look at the subsequent benefits once data have been integrated and can be accessed in totality.  Finally, there was a look at the benefits of integrated coding.  This was a great lead up to the session Louise Midlane, Cancer Research UK, and I ran on behalf of the ACDM eClinical Committee.  We had already run an ACDM hot topic on integration and as our session started to look ahead at what future hosting may look like, and how eSource and particularly the role of mHealth may change the role of the Data Manager, it became clear that for these changes to really drive benefits, the challenge of integration needs to be resolved. How do we reduce the pain of bringing data together, reconciling it and using it to drive near real time improvements?

The afternoon provided some great snapshots of areas that a lot of us know are important, but don’t have the bandwidth to spend time becoming well versed in on an everyday basis.  We heard how the demand to share data from clinical trials is being met in practice by pharma companies, had a great introduction to the challenges in consumer healthcare, and to close the day a session on how the issues traditionally associated with bring your own device are one-by-one being overcome.