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Events in March – the Résumé

Our team was at this year’s German CDISC User Group Meeting, the DGPharMed and the KSFE in Hanover. We summed up all the news and presentations we’ve visited for you.

The 20th German CDISC User Group Meeting was held at the PAREXEL premises here in Berlin. This meeting is for exchanging and announcing innovations in the field of CDISC. Our team enjoyed the exchange with other companies and their staff. Especially the presentations of new tools in the field of SDTM/ADaM, like Open CDISC Community 2.0, were very interesting. The information concerning the new SDTM domains and developments in the SDTM Implementation Guide proved to be beneficial. All in all it was a well-organized and informative meeting.

This year’s DGPharMed informed about EU regulations and future prospects under the slogan of “Clinical Research 2020: Increasing complexity between medical innovation and reimbursement”. The 31st annual conference took place in the heart of Berlin and consisted of six symposia and a keynote speech, which dealt in detail with the complex topic "Special Data Protection in Clinical Trials". A major thematic priority was the field of medical devices, including a depiction of “The Development of Complex Medical Devices & Drug Device Combination Products". Another main area was the new EU regulation on clinical trials, which we already addressed in our company trainings. The annual DGPharMed is a must in our event calendar!

Our trip to Hanover this year was worth the travel. Our team was already looking forward to the 19th KSFE conference for SAS users in the field of research and development and we were not disappointed. Already the opening lecture “Datentransparenz – Ethik, Akteure, Visionen” by Prof. Dr. Dr. Strech (Institute for History, Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine, Hanover Medical School) set the mood for two very informative conference days. In his very thought-provoking presentation Prof. Strech discussed the publication practices of clinical studies. Furthermore we were introduced to interesting facts about the SAS programming concerning clinical research and have been inspired to implement one or the other promising idea. In addition to theoretical background knowledge, like statistical techniques, the actual use and implementation in SAS, as presented in presentations, posters and workshops, was of top priority. The topics ranged from advantages and disadvantages of various SAS packages or editions, support and strategies for dealing with large amount of data to the possibilities of graphic representation. One of the highlights was the exchange of tips and useful tricks like „Dos and Don‘ts in Macro Parameter Handling“(by Ivo Marek), which our team discussed in a crowded auditorium. The possibility to ask question after each and every presentation and the opportunity for networking were a big plus. We enjoy visiting the KSFE in Hanover to continue to stay on the cutting edge of research and to keep our high standards on the basis of a high-quality programming.

We will visit these events certainly again next year.

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