November 02, 2011
Taking the Magic Back to MAGI
EmpiriStat, Inc. made a return to clinical research’s fastest growing conference, the MAGI Clinical Research Conference – 2011 West, held October 23-26, 2011 at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada. This marked the third time that EmpiriStat’s unique brand of clinical research expertise has been invited to enlighten industry novices and veterans.
With already more than 8,000 members, Model Agreements & Guidelines International (MAGI) has made it its mission to standardize practices for clinical research operations, business and regulatory compliance. MAGI offers free, no obligation memberships to individuals, not organizations. MAGI conferences always offer exceptional networking opportunities. The Las Vegas conference offered 92 sessions and workshops in six tracks: sponsor operations, site operations, regulatory compliance, contracts, budget and billing, and additional special topics; as well as offered 20+ continuing education contact hours (CME, CNE, CLE, and CCB) and the Clinical Research Contract Professional (CRCP) certification exam.
Dr. Nicole Close, EmpiriStat’s President, returned to co-present her ever-popular workshop "Biostatistics for Mere Mortals." The session, aimed at anyone involved in clinical trials, was designed to guide the attendee through concepts like hypotheses, endpoints, sample size, study design, power, randomization, significance common statistical tests, and data presentation. Attendees were left with the ability to talk intelligently with biostatisticians about the statistical concepts that underlie most clinical trials, including adaptive and quality-of-life trials. Dr. Close’s vibrant, interactive training methods concentrated on the philosophy and understanding of the statistical tests that are used on a daily basis in conducting clinical trials. Seasoned clinical research veterans and those new to the field alike have found her approach to be a great way to convey complex ideas in fun, simple ways.
Dr. Close also chaired a session on "Clinical Trial Agreements" and taught a session on “Developing and Interpreting Metrics for Site Report Cards,” which are designed to evaluate and motivate research sites.
Joining Dr. Close in this latest journey to MAGI was Fawna Start, EmpiriStat’s Manager, Site Management and Clinical Monitoring. Ms. Start co-taught the "Research Site Toolbox," a workshop on standardized materials and forms, intended to make completing tasks easier and more efficient for busy clinicians.
MAGI is a great learning and networking opportunity for veterans and those new to the field. For more information on the MAGI conferences, please see www.magiworld.org.
EmpiriStat is a technologically-advanced, one-stop shop for personalized collaboration in all facets of clinical research. EmpiriStat also customizes workshops and trainings and brings those workshops and courses on site for organizations throughout the world. If your organization would like EmpiriStat to provide a customized onsite program, please go to www.empiristat.com or contact EmpiriStat directly at:
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