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January 2006 
 

ISPOR e-BULLETIN provides updates of recent ISPOR activities and events. For detailed information on ISPOR activities, members are encouraged to go to www.ispor.org. Please share these new ISPOR activities with your colleagues. 
 

NEW THIS MONTH 

**NEW** ISPOR 11th Annual International Meeting CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE: JANUARY 9, 2006

**NEW** ISPOR CONNECTIONS Volume 11, Issue 6 (November/December 2005)

**NEW** ISPOR 2nd Asia-Pacific Congress-UPDATES (MORE THAN 230 ABSTRACTS SUBMITTED)

**NEW** ISPOR Special Interest Group (SIG) – UPDATES

**NEW** ISPOR Asia Consortium–UPDATES

**NEW** 13 New Positions At The ISPOR Website

 

 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Ø      9 January 2006 – On-line abstract submission deadline for ISPOR 11th Annual International Meeting, Marriot Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ø      5 February 2006 ISPOR 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference, Shanghai Worldfield Convention Hotel, Shanghai, China **EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE**

Ø      5-7 March 2006 – ISPOR 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference, Shanghai Worldfield Convention Hotel, Shanghai, China

Ø      25 April 2006 – Early Registration Deadline ISPOR 11th Annual International Meeting, Marriot Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ø      20-26 May 2006 – ISPOR 11th Annual International Meeting, Marriott Philadelphia, Philadelphia , PA, USA

 

 ISPOR ONGOING ACTIVITIES

 

1.       Publications

2.       Meetings and Congresses

3.       Educational Activities

4.       Student News

5.       ISPOR Special Interest Groups

6.      Committee and Task Force Activities

7.      Asia Consortium and Local Chapter News

8.       Employment in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

9.       Membership

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

IN MEMORIAM – HARRY GUESS (1940-2006)

 

Harry A. Guess, MD, PhD, died January 1, 2006. Dr. Guess's career straddled pharmacoepidemiology and public health, and he strove to address practical issues facing the industry and clinicians with an academic and innovative approach to complex problems. He has made notable contributions to research on vaccines, the natural history of complex disease, development and validation of clinical trial endpoints and patient reported outcomes, and pharmacoepidemiology, in many cases setting the industry standard.

 

Over the years, Dr. Guess has been a mentor to numerous junior and senior scientists at Merck, UNC and other institutions, guiding their development and improving their understanding of epidemiological concepts.  His success in academia and research has been remarkable; his research endeavors were always accomplished while pursuing one of his passions:  teaching and advising graduate students. 

 

NEUMANN TAPPED TO LEAD NEW POLICY CENTER AT TUFTS

 

Boston, MA -- Peter J. Neumann ScD, President of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) will join the Tufts University School of Medicine/New England Medical Center effective January 1, 2006 as Professor of Medicine, and Director of a new Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies.

 

Dr. Neumann was formerly Associate Professor of Policy and Decision Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.  He will continue to be Adjunct Associate Professor at Harvard.  The new Center’s mission will be to assess benefit-risk tradeoffs in health care choices and to help decision makers target resources to improve health more efficiently and effectively. 

 


 

1.      PUBLICATIONS

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VALUE IN HEALTH

 

VALUE IN HEALTH "ON-LINE EARLY" MANUSCRIPTS

"On-Line Early" manuscripts for Volume 9, Issue 1, January/February 2006, will be on-line early later this month. To view these "On-Line Early" articles, simply go to http://www.ispor.org/valueinhealth_index.asp, log on using your membership information, and follow the link.

 

**NEW** ISPOR CONNECTIONS

 

ISPOR CONNECTIONS: Volume 11, Issue 6, November/December 2005 is now available to the public at: http://www.ispor.org/news/index_new.aspIn this issue:

 

The Application of Post-Market Registries and other Evidence for Medical Devices

 

Presidential Fireside Chat: Monitoring the Quality of our Society

 

The Application of Post-Market Registries and other Evidence for Medical Devices - Part I: FDA Perspective: What is FDA’s Experience with Post Approval Development Studies? What is the Primary Evidentiary Role of these Studies?

 

The Application of Post-Market Registries and other Evidence for Medical Devices – Part II: US Center For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Perspective: What Is CMS’s View On The Role Of Post-Market Evidence In Coverage For Medical Device?

 

The Application of Post-Market Registries and other Evidence for Medical Devices – Part III Post-market studies: When are they the wrong answer to the right question and vice-versa?

 

Use of Patient Registries: Results of the ISPOR Patient Registry Special Interest Group Survey

 

ISPOR 8th Annual European Congress: Ciao, Firenze!

 

ISPOR 8th Annual European Congress Scientific Award Winners

 


  

2.      ISPOR MEETINGS AND CONGRESSES

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ISPOR 11th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

May 20-24 2006, Marriott Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 9, 2006

 

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT NOW!

Abstract Deadline: 9 January 2006

Early Registration Deadline: 25 April 2006

 

EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES:

Exhibitor opportunities are available at:

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Sponsorship Opportunities are available at:

 

        ADVERTISE IN THE FINAL PROGRAM

      Advertising deadline:  13 April 2006

      http://www.ispor.org/advertising/finalprg.asp

   

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ISPOR 2nd ASIA-PACIFIC CONFERENCE

Shanghai Worldfield Convention Hotel, Shanghai, China • 5-7 March 2006

IMPROVING EVIDENCE AND OUTCOMES IN HEALTH CARE DECISION MAKING IN ASIA PACIFIC: CHALLENGE TO A NEW ERA

 

CO-SPONSORS:

At: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/sponsors.asp

 

SHORT COURSES:

At: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030505.asp

 

1ST PLENARY SESSION:

At: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030605.asp

 

2ND PLENARY SESSION:

At: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030705.asp

 

POSTERS & PODIUMS:

Over 200 contributed presentations (40 podium presentations in 2 sessions and over 150 posters in 1 session)

Podium Session I:    http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030605.asp

Podium Session II:   http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030705.asp

Posters Session:    http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/posters1.asp

 

WORKSHOPS:

Twenty workshop presentations (5 presentations in each session)

Workshop Session I:    http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030605.asp

Workshop Session II:   http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030605.asp

Workshop Session III:  http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030705.asp

Workshop Session IV: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030705.asp

           

SPECIAL SESSIONS:

Eight co-sponsored special sessions

Co-sponsored Special Sessions I at: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030605.asp

Co-sponsored Special Sessions II at: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/p030705.asp

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Financial support opportunities are available at:

      

        ADVERTISE IN THE FINAL PROGRAM

      Advertising deadline:  January 9th 2006

      http://www.ispor.org/advertising/finalprg.asp

 

EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES:

Exhibitor opportunities are available at:

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5 FEBRUARY 2006

For further conference information, go to: http://www.ispor.org/conferences/shanghai0306/index.asp

 


 

3.      EDUCATION ACTIVITIES

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**NEW** ISPOR SHORT COURSES–ISPOR 11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING – May 2006

 

In addition to many of the well-attended staple short courses, we will have 9 NEW courses this year:

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2006

 

NEW! 

Qualitative Methods for Quality of Life/Patient-Reported Outcomes

Faculty: TBD

 

For full descriptions of ALL Saturday short courses, please visit: http://www.ispor.org/meetings/phila0506/sc_sat.asp

  

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2006

 

 NEW!  

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis alongside Clinical Trials

Faculty: Scott Ramsey MD, PhD, Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA; Richard Willke PhD, Senior Director, Group Leader, Global Outcome Research, Worldwide Outcomes Research, US Development Sites Pfizer, Inc., Bridgewater, NJ, USA 

 

NEW!  

Use of Real World Data in Outcomes Research

Faculty: TBD

 

NEW!  

Bayesian Analysis: Advanced

Faculty: Bryan Luce MBA, PhD, Founder and Senior Research Leader, The MEDTAP Institute at United BioSource Corporation, Bethesda, MD, USA

 

NEW!  

Propensity Scores and Comorbidity Risk Adjustment

Faculty: Fadia Shaya MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor/Associate Director, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Center on Drugs and Public Policy, Baltimore, MD, USA

 

NEW! 

Patient Registries: Overview & Application

Faculty: Jeff Trotter MBA, President, Ovation Research Group, Highland Park, IL, USA

 

NEW! 

Outcomes Research for Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Faculty: Helmut Wenzel MS, Director, Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim, Germany

 

NEW! 

Case Studies in Pharmaceutical/Biotech Pricing II – Advanced

Faculty: Jack Mycka, President, Optimar Strategic Consulting LLC, Montclair, NJ, USA; Renato Dellamano PhD, President, ValueVector (Value Added Business Strategies), Milan, Italy

 

NEW!  

Risk Assessment: Analysis and Management

Faculty: The ISPOR Risk Management Special Interest Group Chairs

 

For full descriptions of ALL Sunday short courses, go to: http://www.ispor.org/meetings/phila0506/sc_sun.asp


 

4.      STUDENT NEWS

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For more details on the ISPOR Student Network, please visit: http://www.ispor.org/student/student_index.asp        


  

5.      ISPOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIG)

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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS are very important to ISPOR to achieve its mission. Their goals are to: develop consensus; stimulate debate; advance knowledge/understanding; publish good research practices; develop indices & tools for researchers and decision-makers; compile health care information for public; respond to health care public policy.

 

For more information and to join an ISPOR SIG, go to http://www.ispor.org/sigs/sigsindex.asp. The ISPOR SIGs are:

 

VALUE-BASED REIMBURSEMENT SIG

HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT SIG

TRANSLATING RESEARCH TO PRACTICE SIG

PATIENT REGISTRY SIG

PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES SIG

MEDICATION COMPLIANCE & PERSISTENCE SIG

RETROSPECTIVE DATABASE SIG

RISK MANAGEMENT SIG

 

**NEW** UPDATES

 

MEDICATION COMPLIANCE & PERSISTENCE SIG

The Medication Compliance & Persistence SIG has a new Working Group: Determinants of Compliance & Persistence. This new working group is chaired by Femida Gwadry-Sridhar, BSc, MSc, PhD, RPh, Mc Master University, ON, Canada. 

 

If you would like to join the leadership or review group please go to http://www.ispor.org/sigs/sigsindex.asp


 

6.      ISPOR BOARD, COMMITTEE, AND TASK FORCE ACTIVITIES

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COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

 

ISPOR 2005-2006 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

ISPOR is a member-driven organization.  As a member-driven organization, its governance is determined by the membership.  The ISPOR Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates for the position of PRESIDENT-ELECT and 2 DIRECTOR positions. You, as an ISPOR member, are invited to submit your name if you wish to be considered for a position on the ISPOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  You may also recommend the name of another ISPOR member.  Please email your interest or recommendation to: nominations@ispor.org. Please attach a curriculum vitae.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 3, 2006.

 

ISPOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 

The ISPOR Awards Committee is seeking nominees for both the ISPOR Research Excellence Award for Methodology Excellence and Research Excellence Award for Practical Application Excellence. See http://www.ispor.org/awards/methodology_.asp and http://www.ispor.org/awards/application_.asp for Excellence Awards descriptions, criteria, selection process, nature of award, and past recipients.

 

ISPOR BERNIE O'BRIEN NEW INVESTIGATOR AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 

The ISPOR Bernie O'Brien New Investigator Award was established in 2004 to honor the long-standing commitment of Bernie J. O'Brien, PhD to training and mentoring new scientists in the fields of outcomes research and pharmacoeconomics.  The award will be presented at the ISPOR 11th Annual International Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, USA 20-24, 2006. The ISPOR Awards Committee is seeking nominees for this award. See: http://www.ispor.org/awards/Obrien_investigator.asp for descriptions, criteria, selection process, and nature of the award.

 

The deadline to submit nominees for both awards is FEBRUARY 13, 2006.


 

7.      ASIA CONSORTIUM AND LOCAL CHAPTER NEWS

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**NEW** UPDATES

 

ISPOR ASIA CONSORTIUM

 

Asia Consortium extends its network to Pakistan. Consortium members are now from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. For more details on this consortium, please visit: http://www.ispor.org/consortiums/asia.asp

 

RUSSIAN SOCIETY FOR PHARMACOECONOMICS AND OUTCOMES RESEARCH (ISPOR Russia Chapter)

 

The ISPOR Russian Chapter had a large delegation in attendance at the ISPOR 8th Annual European Congress in Florence, Italy.  The delegation presented a successful Forum on the current state and recent achievements of RSPOR.  In addition, ISPOR hosted a Russian translation of the short course, "Health Care and Reimbursement Systems in Europe", presented on Sunday, November 6, 2005.


8EMPLOYMENT

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**NEW** 13 NEW POSITIONS AT THE ISPOR WEBSITE: Careers

 

Advertise your positions on ISPOR Website (~1 million hits per month)

 

INTERNSHIPS

Visit ISPOR's Internship-Professional Recruitment Assistance Program (I-PRAP) at  STUDENTS: Post your CVs/resumes for employers to view and search for internship positions available.  Nine student resumes posted!  EMPLOYERS: Post your Intern positions for FREE and access CVs/resumes from students. If you have any questions, please contact: iprap@ispor.org. For more information, visit our website at Careers 


 

9.  ISPOR MEMBERSHIP

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Update your email address at https://www.ispor.org/members/MemberProfile.aspx! Your email address is required as part of your log in information in the members only section of the ISPOR website. 

 

 


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