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Adaptive designs for clinical trials to feature at The Applied Clinical Trials European Summit 2006


The final programme for the ACT European Summit 2006 has been announced, and amongst the wide range of regulatory and technical issues to be covered, the programme will feature an intensive workshop on the current issue of adaptive designs for clinical trials.

The workshop, entitled Better trial methodology and design, will include presentations on adaptive trial designs including discussion of the new EU regulatory guidance; sequential design studies and early stopping rules; and the use of surrogates or composites in end point development.

Eva R. Miller, PhD, Associate Director, Biostatistics, Almac Clinical Technologies, a panellist at The Applied Clinical Trials European Summit 2006, says: “Adaptive trial designs offer the clinical research team valuable opportunities that add flexibility to the clinical trial process, enabling the possibility of bringing new products and devices to market sooner. In my experience, I am finding that more and more trials are taking on the adaptive designs and that drug management through integrated systems is a key component in creating adaptive trial strategy. Adaptive randomizations are used in these trials to ensure balance for the study as a whole and for subgroup populations. In my view, many of today’s adaptive designs will become tomorrow’s traditional trial designs. It’s an exciting time for the clinical trial researcher.

“I am very much looking forward to the ACT European Summit as an important opportunity to interact with other clinical trial researchers about what works best with Adaptive Designs and sharing case studies"

The Applied Clinical Trials European Summit 2006 will take place from 17 – 19 October at The Hilton Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is an annual information and networking event designed to give professionals practical and up-to date information on all areas of the clinical trials industry. Over three days, delegates will be treated to practical seminars, thought provoking plenary sessions and a series of intensive workshops.

Just some of the other topics to be included in the programme this year include:
• Embedding electronic data capture in the drug development process
• Implications of the new clinical trials laws in the Netherlands
• Meeting the challenges at investigative sites
• Establishing and maintaining profitable relationships with outsourcing companies
• Improving drug safety and protecting public health by rigorous pharmacovigilance
• Survival in the fast-changing regulatory landscape
• Use of metrics to reduce cycle time
• Strategies for subject retention
• Making the best use of clinical trial registries

Running alongside the conference is an exclusive exhibition. The exhibitor list includes: Almac Clinical Service, Cambridge Neurotechnology, Chiltern International, Clinical Systems Ltd, ClinPhone Group Ltd, Creapharm, CRF Inc, CRL Medinet, Datatrial, Dr. Oestreich + Partner GmbH, Fisher Clinical Services, Fulcrum Pharma Developments Ltd, Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia i3 Research (an Ingenix Company), i3 Statprobe (an Ingenix company), Kayentis, LCG Bioscience, MS Pharma Services, Medifacts International, NSD Labelling Group, PAREXEL International, Phase Forward Europe Ltd, QuickStat, Synexus Clinical Research plc and TNT Express.

For delegate information, contact Catherine Mealor on +44 (0) 1244 393422 or email

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Applied Clinical Trials European Summit 2006: 17 – 19 October, The Hilton Netherlands, Amsterdam
For information on exhibiting opportunities or visitor / delegate places, please contact Catherine Mealor, Tel +44 (0) 1244 393422 or email


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