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Industry insiders assess ethics, training and upcoming regulatory changes at Applied Clinical Trials in India conference


May 14th – Advanstar Communications, publisher of Applied Clinical Trials magazine, has announced the date, venue and speaker list for its 2007 Special Edition Short Course - Conducting Clinical Trials in India.

Taking place on Tuesday 26th June at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, Conducting Clinical Trials in India is an intensive one day seminar that will provide an in-depth understanding of the opportunities and controversies surrounding clinical trials in India. Returning after a successful launch in 2006, the 2007 seminar will build on last year’s event by delving more deeply into four of the most challenging issues confronting research practitioners in today’s Indian market.

Leading experts will be discussing: the latest regulatory developments affecting clinical trials and the effect upon critical timelines for regulatory approval; strategies for making the most of human resources in clinical research in India; the best options for partnerships in all phases of clinical research and the ethical framework in India, patient recruitment and informed consent.
The speaker line-up includes: Dr Raghib Ali, Clinical Director, INDOX Cancer Research Unit, University of Oxford; Dr Jane Barrett, Principal, Barrett Consultancy; Dr Arun Bhatt, President, ClinInvent Research, India; Dr Anil D’Cruz, President, Professor & Chief, Head & Neck Services Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, India; Dr. Jean-Pierre Isal, Independent Healthcare Consultant, UK; Dr Narges Mahaluxmivala, President, Clinical Development Services, Quintiles, India; Balasubramanian Sankaranarayan, Mumbai Office Head, Cognizant Technology Solutions; Dr Nermeen Varawalla, Vice President, Business Development International, PRA International, UK and Professor Anthony Woodman, Head of Cranfield BioMedical Centre, Cranfield University – UK, ICRI (Indian Institute for Clinical Research).
Conference Manager, Patricia Mitchell, commented: “The Indian clinical trials market has been booming for the past five years. For all stakeholders, this has been a learning period and the journey toward global quality has not been completely smooth. Controversies surrounding ethical issues have made headlines and training sufficient personnel to run trials has proved challenging. In addition, major regulatory changes are on the horizon with the approval of a new Central Drug Authority. Our upcoming seminar will be a fantastic opportunity to hear industry insiders assess recent progress and provide insight into the implications of the regulatory re-organisation.”

The seminar will be invaluable to clinical trials professionals preparing to enter the Indian market as well those looking for an expert assessment of current controversies and partnership possibilities. The programme can be viewed in full at

To benefit from the Earlybird booking discount, call the registration hotline before May 15th on +44 (0)20 8956 2669.

Notes to Editors:

ACT Special Edition Short Course – Conducting Clinical Trials in India : Thursday 26th June, The Copthorne Tara Hotel, London.

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