March 2008

The ISPOR eBULLETIN provides updates of recent ISPOR activities and events. For detailed information on ISPOR activities, members are encouraged to go to: Please share these new ISPOR activities with your colleagues.




ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Canada-

The 13th Annual International Meeting, "Vive la Diff�rence - Enhancing/Expanding Outcomes Research One Country at a Time," will be held May 3-7, 2008, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. For more information see:
ISPOR 13th International Meeting >>


ISPOR 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference, Seoul, South Korea


The 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference "Evidence-based Health Care Decision Making in Asia Pacific: The Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research" will be held 7-9 September 2008. Abstract submission ends on 17 March 2008.  Abstracts submitted to the ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting or the ISPOR 10th Annual European Congress, and abstracts that will be submitted to the ISPOR 11th Annual European Congress CAN be submitted to this conference.

Exhibit, symposium and sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information see:

ISPOR 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference >>


ISPOR 11th Annual European Congress, Athens, Greece

The 11th Annual European Congress, "Moving and Improving Concepts & Evidence for Health Care Decisions" will be held 8-11 November 2008. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information see:

11th Annual European Congress >>




NEW! The ISPOR Taiwan Chapter will hold the 2nd Taiwan Pharmacoeconomics Seminar - Value of Anti-Cancer Therapy
12 April, 2008. For more information, go to:
ISPOR Taiwan Local Chapter >>


NEW! The ISPOR Turkey Chapter will launch the ISPOR Summer School 2008, 16-20 April 2008. The school will be held in Antalya, Turkey and is open to international participants.� For more information, go to: Pharmacoeconomics and Rational Drug Use: 1st ISPOR International Summer School >>


NEW! The ISPOR Ukraine Chapter will be holding a "Ukraine Conference on Pharmacoeconomics" on March 22nd in Kharkov, Ukraine. For more information, go to:
ISPOR Ukraine Local Chapter >>


NEW! The ISPOR Brazil Chapter will host its 2nd Annual Conference, �Education & Application of Pharmacoeconomics in Brazil�, 7-9 April 2008, in S�o Paulo, Brazil. This follows on its inaugural conference held March 2007 with over 250 attendees! For more information, go to: ISPOR Brazil Local Chapter >>





ISPOR CONNECTIONS Volume 14, Issue 1 Now On-Line
ISPOR CONNECTIONS Volume 14, Issue 1 is now available on-line. Featured articles include:


  • The Age of Health Economics: The Impact of IQWIG on the German Pharmaceutical Market


  • Levels of Association Between Health Care Expenditure and Health Care Indicators in Economically Developed Countries


  • Raising the Bar in the USA: The Impact of Heightened Awareness of the Need for Health-Economic Data in the Absence of a Regulatory Mandate


  • Commentary: Reflections on "Sicko" by Michael Moore from a European Point of View


ISPOR CONNECTIONS Volume 14, Issue 1 >>





The following forums will be presented by ISPOR Special Interest Groups and Task Forces during the ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada. For forum descriptions, see:


ISPOR Forums-Monday, May 5, 2008 >> and

ISPOR Forums-Tuesday, May 6, 2008 >>


  • Multinational trials - What translations are required, what methodology should be used and what methodology supports pooling the data?


  • Registry Design, Operations, Data & Taxonomy


  • Digest of International Databases


  • Health Technology Assessment: Reimbursement Processes, Methods and Assessments


  • Fellowship Standards


  • Assessment, Determinants & Economics of Medication Compliance & Persistence


  • Good Research Practices on Retrospective Database Analysis


  • Good Research Practices On Economic Data Transferability


  • Quality Improvement in Cost-Effectiveness Research (QICER)


  • Student Educational Forum: Decision Analysis - Overview and Application


The Site Map on the ISPOR homepage gives you a quick and comprehensive look at the ISPOR website and provides over 20 ISPOR areas of interests and links to many useful resources.�To access the ISPOR Site Map, simply click the Site Map Link on the ISPOR website homepage.


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5th International Pharmacoeconomic Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (IPECAD)

March 27-29, 2008

Newark , NJ, USA

The 5th IPECAD, taking place on March 27-29 2008 in Newark, New Jersey follows the 4th conference which took place in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005. The IPECAD conferences are unique by exclusively addressing issues related to the economic evaluation of drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, bringing together leading experts and opinion leaders from the academia, regulatory bodies and the pharmaceutical industry.

To ensure the success of these conferences we invite renowned professionals who present lectures on the most up-to-date techniques and research findings. The subject matter of the conference includes the presentation of methodological advances, empirical studies as well as guidance from regulators with relevance to the economic evaluation of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Main organizers for the conference are the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, New York.

Please visit the official website at: for the conference program and further information. To register please visit the website or email to: Registration is free of charge.


August 18-20, 2008

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA


                  Improve your analytical and quantitative skills

                       to enhance health outcomes research

Upon Completion of This Program, Participants Will Be Able To -

·         Conceptually define the meaning and purpose of outcomes research

·         Understand the role of epidemiology, health economics, psychometrics, and biostatistics in conducting outcomes research

·         Evaluate the usefulness of outcomes measures and the application of new technologies for your organization

·         Recognize the different types of measures used in outcomes research, including: clinical, health status, quality-of-life, work/role and health care utilization, and patient satisfaction

·         Adopt new methods for modeling patient responses

·         Interpret the meaning of statistical measurement concepts, such as reliability, validity, responsiveness, sensitivity, and power

·         Obtain a basic appreciation of the statistical analysis appropriate for outcomes research including the analysis of longitudinal and categorical data

·         Synthesize findings from various health outcomes research studies

This program is geared to introductory-intermediate learning levels. CME and CEU Credits Available. For a detailed agenda or to register, visit Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Continuing Professional Education or call (617) 384-8692.  Please be sure to mention your Reference Code:  MDA08-IP1 in all correspondence.

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6-7 March 2007

ISPOR Slovakian Local Chapter 1st Conference
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17 March 2008

Abstract Submission Deadline: ISPOR 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference
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22 March 2008

ISPOR Ukraine Local Chapter Conference on Pharmacoeconomics

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7-9 April 2008

ISPOR Brazilian Local Chapter 2nd Annual Conference

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16-20 April 2008

ISPOR Turkey Local Chapter Summer School

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13th Annual International Meeting


3rd Asia-Pacific Conference


11th Annual European Congress


Value in Health




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