What Evidence is Essential for New Medical Products?
Implications for Patients and Health Policy

June 13, 2014
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Conference Agenda

8:00 am                   Registration

8:30 am                   Welcome
Remarks:               Mark S. Frankel
American Association for the Advancement of Science

8:40 am                   Keynote Addresses
Introductions:       Diana Zuckerman
National Center for Health Research

8:45 am                   Remarks:               Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT)

9:05 am                   Remarks:               Margaret R. Hamburg (via live video)
Food & Drug Administration

9:15 am                   Panel I. Evidence-Based Policy: Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator:            Susan F. Wood
George Washington University

Speakers:              Aaron S. Kesselheim
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical
Robert Yarchoan
National Cancer Institute

Gregory D. Curfman
New England Journal of Medicine
Rita F. Redberg
JAMA Internal Medicine

10:45 am                 Panel II. Speed vs. Safety: Implications for Public Health of Changing
Standards for Getting Products to Market

Moderator:            Kim Witczak
Patient Safety Advocate
Speakers:              Bernard Lo
Greenwall Foundation
Lisa M. Schwartz & Steven Woloshin
Dartmouth Medical School
Michael Rosenblatt

12:00 pm                 Lunch

1:00 pm                   Panel III. Biomarkers, Surrogate Endpoints and Other Shortcuts that
May or May Not Predict Health Outcomes

Moderator:            Thomas J. Moore
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Speakers:              Jerry Avorn
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical
Joseph S. Ross
Yale School of Medicine
Diana Zuckerman
National Center for Health Research
Ann de Velasco
WomenHeart of Miami

2:30 pm                   Panel IV. Post-Market Surveillance and Comparative Effectiveness

Moderator:            Tianjing Li
Johns Hopkins University
Speakers:              Robert Ball
Food & Drug Administration
Sebastian Schneeweiss
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical
Patrick Ryan
Janssen Research and Development

3:45 pm                   Break

4:00 pm                   Panel V. What Kinds of Data are Needed/Used? A Policy Roundtable
Moderator:            Curt D. Furberg
Wake Forest University
Speakers:              C. Bernie Good
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Louis Jacques
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Peter Lurie
Food & Drug Administration
Joseph V. Selby
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Anne E. Trontell
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

5:20 pm                   Wrap-Up and Adjourn
Remarks:               Aaron S. Kesselheim
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical

Outside funding for the conference is provided by a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research (Dr. Kesselheim), by the Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program (Dr. Kesselheim), and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program.