2014 DSEN Meetings

March 21

This sixth edition of the Semi-Annual Network meeting brought trainees into the spotlight. The meeting was held on March 21, 2014 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa and was attended by 59 participants. This meeting was scheduled in conjunction with the annual CIHR funded Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Training Program (DSECT) Welcoming Meeting, allowing the new DSECT trainees and the DSEN trainees to network and mingle with the Network’s various researchers and stakeholders.

The meeting was devoted to presentations on diverse career paths in post market drug research by Tammy Clifford (CADTH), Suzanne Cadarette (University of Toronto), Daniel McLean (Health Canada), and Christine Voggenreiter, (BC Health). Trainees from DSEN and DSECT then presented their research work.

Lunch provided an occasion to hear from Health Canada’s Director of the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization, Mr. David K. Lee. Mr. Lee’s keynote speech “Regulatory Renewal in the Context of Drug Benefits, Harms, and Uncertainties” was extremely well received and of interest for all the meeting’s participants.

The afternoon sessions were comprised of an update on training from each of the DSEN teams, and a panel of more “experienced” trainees and their personal views on improving post market drug research training in Canada.

Report of the 6th Network meeting

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