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Tianjing Li recognized for her important contributions

The Society for Research Synthesis Methodology awarded Tianjing Li, MD, MHS, PhD the inaugural Early Career Award at their 2016 Annual Meeting held in Florence, Italy from 11-13 July.  This award recognizes young investigators of outstanding potential, promise, and accomplishment in the field of research synthesis methodology.

Clinical Trials:  Assessing Safety and Efficacy for Diverse Populations Workshop

Co-sponsored by the FDA Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (JH CERSI)

02 Dec 2015

Some medical interventions do not have uniform effects across diverse  patient populations represented in the United States, and it can be challenging to identify differences in effects across groups. This uncertainty leads to regulatory challenges for approval and monitoring of interventions.  The aim of this workshop is to address the scope of potential ethnic/racial subgroup issues based on current evidence and to discuss methodologic approaches to addressing these issues. The workshop will focus on evidence from clinical trials and other data sources to address potential heterogeneity across large and diverse populations.


CCTES Faculty and Students Present Research at the Society for Clinical Trials' 2015 Annual Conference in Arlington, VA

Numerous CCTES faculty and students were on hand in Arlington, VA for the 36th Annual SCT Conference, held May 17-20, 2015. Faculty and students alike were able to present their research. The group is pictured below.


Back row (L to R): Lea Drye, Benjamin Rouse, Qiyuan Shi, Jimmy Le, and Ian Saldanha.
Front row (L to R): Jay Herson, Roberta Scherer, Shuiqing Liu, Elizabeth Sugar, Sheriza Baksh, Lijuan Zeng, Gillian Gresham, Yujiang Chen, and Tianjing Li.

Ian Saldanha presented a poster on author conflict of interest and full publication of randomized trials.
Author conflicts of interest and full publication of randomized trials presented as conference abstracts (Poster: link (PDF))

Lijuan Zeng presented a poster about registration of Phase 3 crossover trials on
Characterizing current registration of Phase 3 crossover trials on (Poster: link (PDF))

Qiyuan (Jerry) Shi gave an oral presentation on network meta-analysis using data from published trials and from the FDA:
Network meta-analysis using data from published trials and data from FDA medical reviews: a case example of first line medications for glaucoma (PowerPoint slides: link (PDF))

Doctoral Student Ian Saldanha Wins Award at 2014 Cochrane Colloquium

Dr. Ian Saldanha, MD, MPH, a doctoral student in the CCTES track and a Graduate Research Assistant with the United States Cochrane Center, won the highly-coveted Thomas C. Chalmers Award, which is given to the best oral presenter, at this year's Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Saldanha's presentation, titled "Do Cochrane reviews measure enough what patients want? A collaborative study in HIV/AIDS", was co-authored by CCTES Director Dr. Kay Dickersin. Click here for more information about Ian's achievement.

Doctoral Students Ian Saldanha and Gillian Gresham Present at the Society for Clinical Trials' 2014 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA

Ian Saldanha and Gillian Gresham, both doctoral students in the Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis track, presented at the 35th Annual SCT meeting, May 18-21, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA. Links to their work can be found here:

Ian Saldanha gave an oral presentation on outcomes reporting in clinical trials.
Choosing the best outcomes when designing clinical trials: A case study using Cochrane reviews addressing HIV/AIDS
(Abstract: link (PDF)) (PowerPoint slides: link (PDF))

Gillian Gresham presented her poster on data abstraction.
Evaluating the efficiency and accuracy of data abstraction for systematic reviews using Systematic Review Data Repository (Poster: link (PDF))

Congratulations! Center for Clinical Trials PhD student Ian Saldanha wins JHSPH Teaching Assistant award for SECOND TIME

Ian Saldanha
Ian Saldanha, MBBS, MPH, a doctoral student in the Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis track, has been selected as the winner for the JHSPH Teaching Assistant (TA) award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Ian, also a 2012-2013 winner of this award, received overwhelmingly positive testimony during the nomination period, some of which is excerpted below:


"The most outstanding TA I've ever had! He was always available and exuded a positive attitude!"

"Ian made an incredibly hard class fun and easy. He always had answers to the most challenging questions. He was head and shoulders above ANY other TA I've had (college or grad school)."

"Ian was very knowledgeable about the content of the course. He was liked by all students and even organized and hosted a Jeopardy game during the last week of the course. This put students at ease and the questions were actually a good learning experience. He was very detailed and good in his feedback and constructive criticism of our mid-term papers so that we would improve for our final papers."

Ian was a TA in Introduction to Systematic Reviews in the Summer Institute as well as Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis in 3rd term. Ian's advisor is Kay Dickersin, the Director of the Center for Clinical Trials. Ian will be presented with a winner's plaque on May 19th at 4pm in Sommer Hall. His student profile is available here.


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