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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Mar 21, 2016 1:00 PM - Mar 23, 2016 4:30 PM

6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications 2016 Annual Forum

Cross-functional forum spotlights topics related to medical communication, medical science liaison, medical call center, and medical writing professionals.


March 20, 2016 - Core Curriculum*
March 21, 2016 - Tutorials (AM)*

March 21-23, 2016 - Forum

*Core Curriculum and Tutorials require registration and are an additional fee

This program has been developed in collaboration with the Medical Communications, Medical Writing, and Medical Science Liaison Communities.

Virtual Conference
Can't attend the live meeting?  Check out our Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications 2016 Annual Forum Virtual Conference

This is a must-attend annual forum for Medical Communication, Medical Information, Medical Science Liaison, and Medical Writing Professionals. The cross-functional general sessions and five breakout tracks encompass all areas including medical information, medical science liaison, medical communications, medical call center, and medical writing, so you can gain further expertise and networking opportunities in your own area as well as different functional areas. Nowhere else can you network with all these professionals in one location. This content is developed to meet the needs of those who work in biopharmaceutical industry based medical scientific communications by including three central tracks covering:

  • Medical Communications
  • Medical Writing: Regulatory and Publication
  • Medical Science Liaisons

Medical Communications Track
Health care professionals and patients look to Medical Communication and Medical Information professionals to provide essential, accurate, and unbiased drug information, therefore making medical communications an integral part of the health care industry. Because we work in the second most highly regulated industry, the industry professionals who provide these services need to have a comprehensive understanding of not only the medical content, but also the regulatory and compliance environment which directly affects their daily activities. As more regulatory guidances and federal laws are updated and enacted by congress, health care professionals providing drug information to patients and health care professionals on behalf of manufacturers must be trained and be fully aware of the scientific exchange environment they are working in. Medical information departments must adapt to meet the needs of the changing health care landscape and the variety of evolving stakeholders that rely on the information provided by companies. They must also find the most effective ways to utilize their customer input to enhancer their medical information services and to share the customer insights in an effective, action driven manner to business partners. Responses to requests for drug information (on-label or off-label) from health care professionals’ impact patient treatment decisions on a daily basis (including payers, access, and reimbursement). Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of federal guidances and laws for appropriate communications to patients and healthcare providers is essential. You will gain a better understanding of best practices within their job function and a broader awareness of the regulatory environment. You will also learn how to work better as part of interdisciplinary teams, practice evidence based medicine evaluation, and effectively use innovations in technology.

Medical Science Liaison Track
Medical Science Liasions (MSLs) play a vital role in establishing and sustaining important relationships with medical professionals, health care systems, academic institutions, and others within the medical product development field.  MSLs establish a culture of engagement, exchange scientific information, and develop collaborations among health care professionals in order to help foster advancements in medical product discovery.  As the MSL role continues to grow and evolve, there is a need to share insight, knowledge, and best practices among colleagues. 

This track will feature a wide range of topics for MSL professionals, including insight into the MSL role across the product life cycle, perspectives on the MSL career path, and globalization of the MSL role.  There will also be a joint session with the Medical Writing track on the topic of Health Economics Research Outcomes. You will learn best practices and for ensuring continued success within the MSL role, ways to advance the development of MSL operations, and solutions for engaging field based medical teams within the industry.

Medical Writing Track
Medical and scientific writers are responsible for authoring, editing, preparing, and planning publications and regulatory deliverables working within a large team. To stay informed of the latest developments in publication and regulatory writing, medical writers need to understand the new regulatory guidances and best practices with in the industry. The DIA Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications 2016 Annual Forum is a great opportunity for medical writing professionals to engage with experts in the field and learn how other medical writers resolve similar challenges at different companies. By making new connections with your professional colleagues, this opportunity to exchange ideas and develop new ones is invaluable.
This track will be subdivided into two tracks: Medical Writing Regulatory and Medical Writing Publications.  Included within these sub-tracks will be sessions on biosimilars and the communicator, GPP3, EMA Policy 70, ethical and accurate data in publications, bioethics, health economics and outcomes research, sponsor/vendor relationships, and career development.  This track is a great opportunity to develop, innovate, and advance your medical writing career.

Experience the Forum on the Go with the DIA Global App

Once you’re registered, use the DIA Global app to start preparing for the forum! Download the app to view the agenda and speakers, network with attendees and exhibitors, and get updates throughout the forum. Available for all Apple and Android products – just search “DIA Global” in your app store.

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Who should attend?

Professionals involved in:

  • Medical Communications
  • Medical Writing
  • Medical Liaisons
  • Medical Information
  • Medical Call Center Environment
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Clinical Research
  • Professional Education, Training, and Development
  • Document Management/eSubmissions

Short Course or Primer

To keep you at the forefront.

Mar 20, 2016

Core Curriculum:

The Fundamentals of Medical Communications

Mar 21, 2016

Tutorial 1:

Medical Communications

Mar 21, 2016

Tutorial 2:

Promotional and Medical Review Committee 101

Mar 21, 2016

Tutorial 3:

Fundamentals, Challenges, and Opportunities – A Tutorial for Medical Science Liaisons

Mar 21, 2016

Tutorial 4:

Clinical Statistics for Nonstatisticians

Program Committee

  • Eileen  Girten, MS
    Eileen Girten, MS Director, Medical Writing
    Pfizer Inc, United States
  • Craig  Klinger, RPh
    Craig Klinger, RPh Director - Global MSL Trainer, The Office of Medical Professional Development
    Eli Lilly and Company, United States
  • Darryl  L'Heureux, PhD, MPharm, MSc
    Darryl L'Heureux, PhD, MPharm, MSc Director, Clinical Science, Medical Writing, and Publications
    Ambrx, Inc, United States
  • Julia  Petses, PharmD
    Julia Petses, PharmD Global Head, Medical Information Excellence and SEC Established and Rare Franchi
    Novartis, United States
  • Mary K. Sendi, PharmD
    Mary K. Sendi, PharmD MI Regional Lead North America
    Pfizer Inc, United States
  • Kevin  Appareti
    Kevin Appareti Senior Director, Global Medical Science Liaison
    Royal Philips, United States
  • Maureen L. Baldwin, MSN, RN
    Maureen L. Baldwin, MSN, RN Associate Director, Medical Customer Interface
    Pfizer Inc., United States
  • J. Lynn  Bass, PharmD, RPh
    J. Lynn Bass, PharmD, RPh Senior Director, Medical Science Liaisons
    BridgeBio, United States
  • Poonam  Bordoloi, PharmD
    Poonam Bordoloi, PharmD Executive Director, Head of Global Medical Affairs Capabilities
    Organon & Co., United States
  • David  Bowers, PharmD
    David Bowers, PharmD Senior Director, Operations
    PPD, United States
  • Kathryn  Bucci, PharmD
    Kathryn Bucci, PharmD Medical Governance Lead
    Pfizer, Inc., United States
  • Ivy  Chang, PharmD
    Ivy Chang, PharmD Principal Therapeutic Area Lead, Medical Information
    Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States
  • Michael  Church, MA
    Michael Church, MA Senior Director, Medical Writing
    Syneos Health, United States
  • Ed  Cunningham, PharmD
    Ed Cunningham, PharmD
    Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., United States
  • Christine  Dale, MBA, MS
    Christine Dale, MBA, MS Independent Contract Writer
    XWrite, LLC, United States
  • Art  Gertel, MSc
    Art Gertel, MSc President and Principal Consultant
    MedSciCom, LLC, United States
  • Pete  Guillot, MBA
    Pete Guillot, MBA CEO and Founder
    Centerfirst, United States
  • Jennie G Jacobson, PhD
    Jennie G Jacobson, PhD President
    Jacobson Medical Writing, Inc., United States
  • Juhi  Jaisinghani, PharmD
    Juhi Jaisinghani, PharmD Medical Information Therapeutic Manager
    Novo Nordisk Inc., United States
  • Lawrence  Liberti, PhD, RAC
    Lawrence Liberti, PhD, RAC Director, D.K. Kim International Center for for Regulatory Science
    The Kim Center/ USC DRQS, United States
  • Christi  Marsh, PharmD
    Christi Marsh, PharmD Sr Director Medical Affairs
    Fibrogen, Inc, United States
  • Rebecca A. Vermeulen, RPh
    Rebecca A. Vermeulen, RPh Vice President, Global Patient Networks | PD Medical Affairs
    Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States
  • Robin  Whitsell
    Robin Whitsell President
    Whitsell Innovations, Inc., United States
  • Jim  Wilkinson, PhD
    Jim Wilkinson, PhD Vice President, Global Medical Affairs
    Amgen (former), United States
  • Ann  Winter-Vann, PhD
    Ann Winter-Vann, PhD Senior Writer and Manager
    Whitsell Innovations, Inc., United States

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