10th Annual Conference on Statistical Issues in Clinical Trials

10th Annual Conference on Statistical Issues in Clinical Trials

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:30pm


Current Issues Regarding Data and Safety Monitoring Committees in Clinical Trials

The 2017 conference brought together leading scientists who made presentations and led open discussions on current statistical issues regarding data and safety monitoring committees (DSMBs) in clinical trials. Each year, participants from academic institutions, industry and governmental agencies with an interest in contributing to these discussions are encouraged to register.

Speakers and Topics

Thomas Fleming, PhD

University of Washington

Emerging Challenges in the Practice of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees

David DeMets, PhD

University of Wisconsin

The Independent Statistician Model: How Well is it Working?

Pamela Shaw, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Choosing Monitoring Boundaries: Balancing Risks and Benefits

James Neaton, PhD

University of Minnesota

How to Construct an Optimal Interim Report: What the DMC Does and Doesn't Need to Know


Barry Davis, MD, PhD

University of Texas (Slides)

Kay Dickersin, PhD

Johns Hopkins University (Slides)

Dennis Dixon, PhD

NIAID (retired) (Slides)

Frederick Ferris, MD

National Eye Institute

Judith Goldberg, ScD

New York University (Slides)

David Kerr, MS

Axio Research (Slides)

Stephen Kimmel, MD, MSCE

University of Pennsylvania (Slides)

John Lachin, ScD

George Washington University (Slides)

Maureen Maguire, PhD

University of Pennsylvania (Slides)

Corsee Sanders, PhD

Juno Therapeutics

Steve Snapinn, PhD


Janet Wittes, PhD

Statistics Collaborative, Inc.


A current version of this year's program can be found HERE.

Check out last year's conference here (PDF).

Registration and Fees

Industry: $230 
Academic and Government: $140 
UPenn Faculty and Students: $0 

Funding Co-Sponsors

University of Pennsylvania Center Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Genentech (A Member of the Roche Group)
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen R&D)


American Statistical Association - 2017 Annual Meeting Information
Society for Clinical Trials - 2017 Annual Meeting Information


The Conference was held in the Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium at the Smilow Center for Translational Research on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. A campus map can be found HERE.

Event Day Parking

Day parking for the event was available for purchase in advance for a $20 fee. Event day parking was located at the Curie Garage, 426 Curie Boulevard on Penn's campus. To secure a space, participants were asked to request parking during online registration. A map of Curie Garage and conference location can be viewed here. Conference attendees staying overnight were asked to contact their hotel for overnight parking information. Sheraton University City overnight parking information can be found here.


The Sheraton University City is located within easy walking distance of the conference. A limited number of rooms were secured at Sheraton University City at the discounted rate of $195. Reservations were also available by phone (1-888-627-7071) referencing "Statistical Issues in Clinical Trials" for the discount. Many alternative hotels in Center City Philadelphia are also a short distance from the UPenn campus. Participants were encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible.


Smilow Center for Translational Research

Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium
Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR)
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

For additional information, contact:
Christy Hullings, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 215-573-2728 | Email: hchristy@upenn.edu

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