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CHOC Clinical Research on the National Stage

In an ongoing effort to build clinical trial business and to promote research at CHOC nationally, the CHOC Research Institute hosted a booth at the annual Drug Information Association (DIA) meeting in June in Washington, DC.

The over 27,000 members of DIA represent all of the major pharmaceutical companies and related industries, as well as academic and not-forprofit clinical research sites from around the world. Over 7,000 people attended this year's annual meeting, providing an ideal forum to showcase CHOC's Research Institute and Center for Clinical Research.

The CHOC booth attracted hundreds of visitors and featured a continuous display of the four, one-hour TLC programs, filmed at CHOC and highlighting the dedication and commitment of our clinical faculty and staff.

"Because DIA membership represents all facets of the pharmaceutical industry, the annual meeting is a terrific place to make face-to-face contact with sponsors of clinical trials," says Research Institute Director Brent Dethlefs, who was also an invited speaker at this year's event. "We came back from the conference with a dozen promising new clinical trial leads. Three of these leads have already led to new business in oncology and cardiology, with others continuing to be developed for infectious disease, endocrinology and neonatology."

The keynote address was delivered by Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., chair of the new Medical Ethics Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and highlighted the many dilemmas society faces as advancing technology outpaces our ability to come to terms with the moral and ethical impact of these technologies. Dr. Caplan's address was, in many ways, a call to action for physicians, researchers and research institutions to take responsibility for providing the public with clear, understandable scientific information in an effort to promote more dialogue about the many ethical issues entwined in leading-edge technologies. With a Center for Genetic and Molecular Analysis, and being one of only five institutions in the country with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a human embryonic stem cell training course with federally-approved human stem cell lines, CHOC Research Institute scientists, physicians and administrators certainly share in this responsibility.

Clear from this year's experience at DIA is CHOC's increasing recognition on the national pediatric clinical research scene. With increased recognition comes the opportunity to help shape the future of pediatric clinical research, and the shared responsibility for preparing the public- through education- to address the ethical considerations that are now, and will continue to be, an integral part of our children?s future.

If you would like more information about the CHOC Research Institute, Center for Clinical Research or open clinical trials at CHOC, please contact Brent Dethlefs at 714-516-4341.


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