ISMPP’s Annual Meeting Program Committee is tasked with the development and implementation of ISMPP’s Annual Meetings. This year’s Annual Meeting, Medical Publications in a Data-Rich World: Enhancing Quality and Transparency, highlighted the increasing transparency being demanded by patients, investors, and clinical colleagues, as well as how to ensure quality of data and reporting in all scientific communications in a fast-paced, multi-channel environment.

An 18-member Committee developed content for the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP, led by:

  • Chair: Alice Choi, PhD, ISMPP CMPP™, Chair, ISMPP BOT (2014 – 2015); Global Head, Complete Medical Communications
  • Vice-Chair: Juli Clark, PharmD, Executive Director, Global Medical Writing Scientific Affairs, Amgen, Inc.
  • Vice-Chair: Aruna Seth, PhD, ISMPP CMPP™, Scientific Strategy Lead, Envision Pharma Group

More than ever, this year’s meeting content was driven by member input,with the inclusion of several different activities: a Favorite ISMPP U parallel session, Member Proposal parallel sessions, and an increased number of oral presentations. Guided Poster Tours were also introduced and aimed to maximize attendee exposure to member research. One session of particular note was a late-breaking program addition focused on the ICMJE data sharing proposal, which featured Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP, Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians.

Work on the Annual Meeting begins almost a full year prior, and members meet on a weekly basis to develop a meeting agenda that meets the needs of ISMPP members. Each Program Committee member develops a session, and many also volunteer additional time to serve on the Abstract and Roundtable Committees.

As the Society has grown both geographically and with respect to the expertise of its members, the Annual Meeting has become more layered so that individuals can tailor their learning experience to sessions that best fit their needs. The 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP featured:

  • 24 Parallel Sessions (16 unique topics)
  • 23 Roundtable Topics (6 new topics)
  • 31 Posters
  • 3 Guided Poster Tours
  • 3 Keynote Speakers
  • 10 General Sessions

Annual Meeting presentations that ISMPP received permission to post are available to members and are archived on the website. Following the meeting, a 12th Annual Meeting Highlights ISMPP U was presented that provided an overview of key themes. In addition, authors from the winning posters presented their research. This ISMPP U is available in the Member Center Archives on the ISMPP website.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee is always seeking input from members on content and speakers. Suggestions can be emailed to If you are interested in serving on next year’s Program Committee, please sign up during the 2017 Volunteer Drive.

Thank you to the dedicated ISMPP members who have contributed to past Annual Meetings. Attendance continues to grow each year, and we look forward to a successful 13th Annual Meeting of ISMPP. Please mark your calendars for May 1-3, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, USA. We look forward to seeing you there!

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