Conference Streams 2017

To ensure the conference streams are representative of industry trends, in addition to new streams, a number of existing streams have been re-branded.





Analytics & Statistics *NEW*

The Analytics and Statistics stream is designed to allow members to share ideas on the interface between statistics, analytics and computing. This can be software-related, for example how computing packages can be used to resolve data analytics or statistical issues within the clinical trial field. It can also be statistical in nature, such as improving programmers' understanding of statistical and analytical methods.

Martin Gregory

Corinna Miede

Application Development

Papers within the AD stream typically cover the development (including implementation and integration into existing environments and processes) of applications and software designed to assist us in our daily job, either directly or indirectly. Papers can also cover migration projects and current software development methodologies (e.g. Agile).

Stephen Griffiths

Christelle Le-Beaudour

Coding Tips & Tricks *NEW*

Coding Tips & Tricks is dedicated to brief presentations on real-life code, programming tips, efficiency techniques, undocumented features, useful algorithms, macros and other creative uses of software.

Paul Jenkins

John van Bemmelen

Data Standards & Governance *NEW*

The structure and semantics of clinical data has become subject of regulated standardisation, being mainly defined by various CDISC data standards and the respective documentation requirements. Many of these particular standards are integrated into super ordinated frameworks, like BRIDG, SHARE, RDF. Effective implementation and governance of standards becomes vital for the acquisition, exchange, analyses, archival and submission of clinical data and metadata.

This stream focuses on the foundational aspects of existing, as well as future clinical data standards covering topics like the underlying concepts; descriptions; explanations; interpretations; processes to support the implementation, governance and compliance.

Michael Knoessl

Beate Hientzsch

Data Handling

The Data Handling stream is dedicated to many aspects of data handling and database management in life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. These aspects include extraction and transformation of raw data, metadata definition and handling, data quality, validation and acceptance, analysis data processing, data de-identification and transparency, data mining, master data management and clinical data warehousing.

John Moone


Joerg Guettner

Data Visualisation

A picture is worth a thousand words! For centuries, people have depended on visual representations such as charts and maps to understand information more easily and quickly. We collect massive amounts of data during the course of a clinical study, which cannot be digested just by looking at tables and listings. How do we communicate information clearly and efficiently to users? Data visualisation is this powerful technique that is used not only to communicate with the scientists but also to understand, interpret and even clean the data. The DV stream focuses on data visualisation examples, tools and techniques which can be used in our field to leverage data to better support drug development.

Vincent Buchheit

Terek Peterson

Industry Starters

Industry Starters offers a great opportunity for either colleagues new to the industry to gain experience presenting at conferences, or the more experienced to present papers that are of interest to colleagues with three or less years’ experience. The focus is to provide a warm welcome to the industry and to ask questions in a more informal atmosphere whilst offering a diverse range of presentations that are of interest to all.

Celine Tendero

Alex Hughes


This year, the Management stream will be focusing on three hot topics covering innovation, talent acquisition and management, and a review of the implications of ICH E6(R2).

Following on from last year’s success, we will continue to apply innovative, collaborative and engaging approaches to each of the sessions, with a view to creating take-away messages for all. Open to everyone, this year’s Management stream is again set to be interactive and fun, and we have some excellent presenters lined up to help stimulate and lead the debate in each area.

(Stream content by invitation only)

Matt Jones

Sam Warden


Jasmine Kestemont

Non Specific

This stream is in place for those papers that do not fit directly within any of the established Conference streams, so that the Conference Chair and Co-Chair can take the decision on where the paper would best be presented. The focus is to provide a storage point for the paper until an actual stream has been determined and agreed with the author(s).

Jules van der Zalm

Katja Glass

Professional Development & Training

The Professional Development and Training stream showcases a diverse range of presentations. New challenges in our daily working life need us to react to changing skill sets, working practices, areas of research and technology, while having an eye on the future and other industries to remain flexible. This stream delves into the range of soft skills required to thrive in this changing environment.

Lynn Clipstone

Kathryn Wright


Posters provide an opportunity to cover a wide variety of topics in a poster form rather than a formal lecture. Posters are ideal for presentations that include graphics, source code, statistical concepts or thought-provoking concepts that invite participants to review at their own pace.

Jinesh Patel

Anne-Sophie Bekx


The healthcare industry is governed by constantly evolving rules, standards and regulations on data transparency and protection, GxP, ICH, 21 CRF Part 11 compliance, validation, version control, process management and continuous improvement processes. We are also regulated on all aspects of submission-related activities including interactions with health authorities, site inspections and audits. This stream invites you to share your experiences and have open discussion on the challenges and benefits of working in a highly regulated industry.

Stephen Harrison

Michael Harris

Real-world Evidence

The Real-world Evidence stream is dedicated to the handling and analysis of all kinds of observational data including but not limited to registries, health claims and medical records databases, non-interventional prospective and retrospective studies. The stream will focus on a programmer’s perspective on the challenges the analysis of real-world data holds, such as extremely large data sets, dealing with dirty data, and issues with regard to validation and standardisation. These challenges need to be dealt with and require specific analysis methods and programming techniques, such as data standardisation, matching algorithms, propensity scores and various kinds of sensitivity analyses.

Berber Snoeijer

Kriss Harris

Software Demonstrations

Software Demonstrations focuses on the demonstration of new or recently released software and tools. It may include new programming platforms, reporting systems or data management tools and new innovative applications utilising a variety of new and established technologies. Each demonstration has the goal of highlighting potential for enhanced optimisation, increased efficiency or user-friendliness in the day-to-day undertaking of biometrics processes and tasks.

Rob Horton

Angelo Tinazzi

Standards Implementation *NEW*

The Standards Implementation stream is dedicated to the implementation of industry standards, such as CDISC, to support the acquisition, exchange, analysis, submission and archival of clinical data and metadata in life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. The stream focuses on the implementation of these standards using scripts, macros and tools that are not coding language and platform-specific.

Edwin van Stein

Nick De Donder

Trends & Technology

Trends and Technology papers concentrate on the many new and emerging trends within life sciences that have an impact on those working with data. These could include hot topics driven by external factors such as public opinion and the application of new technologies in the life sciences sector.

Cathal Gallagher

Elsa Lozachmeur

Hands-on Workshops

(Invitation only)

Paula Finch

Mark Foxwell


Parag Shiraklar

University Day

The PhUSE University Day provides an opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and educators to attend an event at the PhUSE Annual European Conference, with a purpose to engage in a dialogue between industry and academia. Industry will provide to the students an opportunity to explore a career in this sector and provide some guidance to the educators on what is just over the horizon in terms of our needs as employers. Industry and academia will be connected, as we demonstrate software through real industry examples, highlight employer expectations and provide market insights in an interactive manner.

James McDermott

Ali Dootson 


James Gallagher



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