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Mar 22, 2021 9:50 AM - Mar 24, 2021 2:30 PM

(Eastern Standard Time)

Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum

Session 6 Track 2: Plain Language and Patient Engagement

Session Chair(s)

Sudipta  Chakraborty, PhD

Sudipta Chakraborty, PhD

Plain Language Summaries / Clinical Trial Transparency Manager

PRA Health Sciences, United States

Current regulatory requirements showcase the global interest in improving clinical trial transparency, including the upcoming implementation of plain language summaries. However, the role of the patient voice should be considered throughout the drug development process. Sponsors may not currently be situated to plan for transparency requirements at earlier stages, including protocol design. In this panel discussion, the audience will hear varying perspectives related to these issues. This will include a scientist who doubles as a patient advocate for her son’s rare disease, as well as a non-profit organization geared towards educating the public and patients about the clinical trial process. The panel will also include speakers from 2 major pharmaceutical companies who have set up their organization for success in putting the patient first.

Learning Objective : At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the importance of patient input earlier and throughout the drug development process
  • Identify ways to integrate health literacy and the patient voice into regulatory writing
  • Assess how current pharmaceutical companies are already employing patient-forward initiatives


Terry Jo  Bichell, PhD, MPH


Terry Jo Bichell, PhD, MPH

COMBINEDBrain, United States

Founder and Director

Laurie M. Myers, MBA


Laurie M. Myers, MBA

Merck & Co., Inc. , United States

Global Health Literacy Director

Behtash  Bahador, MS


Behtash Bahador, MS

Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), United States

Director, Health Literacy

Vivian  Larsen, MBA


Vivian Larsen, MBA

Legacy Health Strategies, United States

Chief Operating Officer

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