RIT to Host Conference on the Current and Future State of Clinical Research, April 10

Clinical research professionals from across upstate New York invited to attend

Rochester Institute of Technology will host a daylong symposium on the Current and Future State of Clinical Research for practitioners and experts in the field.

The conference sponsored by the Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET) will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, on the RIT campus, and will feature guest speakers from industry, academia and the FDA. Topics will include:

  • “Current and Future Trends in Clinical Research,” presented by Kenneth Getz, senior research fellow, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
  • “Changes in the FDA’s Approach to Clinical Research,” speaker to be announced
  • “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You in Clinical Product Development,” by Lorraine Ellis, president and CEO, Research Dynamics Consulting Group Ltd.
  • “Clinical Research Ethics,” presented by Adil Shamoo, Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • “Career Opportunities in Clinical Research,” by Laurie Halloran, president and CEO, Halloran Consulting Group
  • “Clinical and Translational Research in Rochester,” presented by Thomas Fogg, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • “RIT’s New Master of Science Program in Clinical Research Management,” by Douglas Merrill, director, RIT’s CBET

“We see this as a real opportunity for the whole clinical research community to come together at least once a year,” Merrill says. “We’re hoping to provide that opportunity.”

RIT will announce the launch of its new graduate program in Clinical Research Management during the conference. The master’s program will be offered through RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies in the College of Applied Science and Technology and CBET in the College of Science. The degree program is the only one of its kind in upstate New York.

Visit CBET to register for the Current and Future State of Clinical Research conference.


Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. More than 15,800 full- and part-time students are enrolled in RIT’s 340 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For nearly two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. The Princeton Review features RIT in its 2007 Best 361 Colleges rankings and named the university one of America’s “Most Wired Campuses.” RIT is also featured in Barron’s Best Buys in Education.


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