The Office of Rare Diseases Research at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Orphan Products Development at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are pleased to announce the 2010 edition of their collaboratively developed course, "The Science of Small Clinical Trials." This is a broad survey course (not a high-level statistical seminar), which is intended to heighten awareness of the methods that exist to design and analyze clinical trials using small numbers of participants. An inescapable necessity when dealing with rare diseases, the use of small trials is also rising in prominence in the context of tissue transplantation, advanced prosthetics, and individualized pharmacogenomics.
The first edition of the course, offered in 2009, was restricted to FDA and NIH staff. The 2010 edition of the course has been revised (based upon comments from 2009 participants), and is now open to ANYONE who wishes to register. The course comprises 7 2-hour lectures, presented at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, rom 16 February through 8 March, 2010; the lectures will also be available online via the Internet, live and by delayed on-demand video streaming (using freely available RealPlayer software), allowing anyone with a good Internet connection and appropriate computer to participate (questions from remote attendees will be received via a live text chat room, or via a discussion forum, on a web site dedicated to the course).
ALL participants must register. An optional self-administered open-book, On-line examination will be provided at the end of the course, and individuals who pass this examination will receive a certificate from FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development.
For more information about the course, and online registration, visit: ttp://small-trials.keenminds.org/
R.P.C. Rodgers, MD (CAPT,USPHS)
Office of Orphan Products Development,
FDA 5600 Fishers Lane(HF-35)
Rockville MD 20859
Stephen C. Groft, Pharm. D.
Director, Office of Rare Diseases Research,
NIH 6100 Executive Boulevard,
Room 3A-07 Bethesda,
Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.
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