You’re invited to the GloPID-R and PREPARE meeting to advance clinical research in infectious disease outbreaks this September 20-21, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Meeting to Advance Clinical Research in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

In an infectious disease outbreak, clinical research must be fast, flexible and rapidly open to recruitment if it is to impact health outcomes and save lives.

Globally, progress is being made to improve preparedness and deliver clinical research as a core part of outbreak response. But many challenges remain to rapid research deployment. It’s by teaming up together and exchanging ideas that we can discuss and refine practical solutions to ongoing problems.

GloPID-R and the Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics’ (PREPARE) will host a joint meeting aimed at advancing clinical research preparedness for ID outbreaks. This meeting will examine bottlenecks to deployment of clinical research in an infectious disease outbreak and what we can do to overcome them. Patients, researchers, regulators, funders and policy makers must work together to achieve this.

Through a series of plenary discussions and workshops, the event will highlight key solutions to common bottlenecks from different global regions. Representatives from funded Clinical Trial Networks, funded by GloPID-R members, will share their experience and plans.

Through presentations, panel discussions and audience debate participants will:

  • Highlight the vital role of clinical research in an infectious disease (ID) epidemic or pandemic
  • Provide insight into GloPID-R funded clinical trial networks in global regions
  • Highlight the value of combining antimicrobial (AMR) clinical research with ID pandemic preparedness
  • Illustrate the fundamental role of working in partnership with patients and the community
  • Show how regulators can ensure robust yet expedient review of clinical study protocols
  • Demonstrate the value of novel clinical trial designs to evaluate therapeutic interventions

Practical workshops delivered by experts from different global regions will demonstrate how to approach research design, delivery and dissemination. These workshops will discuss how to:

  • Work in partnership with patients and communities
  • Address common barriers to data sharing activities
  • Conduct robust, rapid ethical review of epidemic-relevant study protocols

The event is open anyone involved in outbreak preparedness: clinicians, researchers, patient groups, regulators, public health, administrators, funders, and ethics advisory groups.

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