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Feb. 8 Lecture: Data Sharing in Clinical Trials featuring Dr. Jeffrey M. Drazen, Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Data sharing in clinical trials will be examined by Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine in a free presentation, open to the public, on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The lecture will be held 5 to 6 p.m. at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 1295 N. Martin Ave., Drachman Hall, Room A114.

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment or device is safe and effective for humans according to the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Drazen will examine how clinical trial data is shared and the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors to share these data.

Born and raised in Clayton, Mo., Dr. Drazen majored in applied physics at Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1972. After serving his medical residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, he joined its pulmonary division and that of the Beth Israel Hospital, serving as division chair at each for many years.

Through his research, Dr. Drazen defined the role of novel endogenous chemical agents in asthma (substances that occur inside the body such as allergies), leading to four licensed pharmaceuticals for asthma with tens of millions of people on treatment worldwide. In 2000, he assumed the post of editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.

During his tenure, the New England Journal of Medicine has published major papers advancing the science of medicine, including the first descriptions of SARS, timely coverage of the Ebola and Zika virus epidemics and major advances in the treatment of cancer, heart disease and lung disease. It also has been at the forefront of the international effort to register all clinical trials and to share clinical trial data. The journal has more than a half-million weekly readers.

The endowment for the James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, Distinguished Lecture for Health Policy supports a series of visiting professors in health policy. These distinguished scholars present lectures and discussions to the UA campus community and the public about local, state, national and international health policy issues and connects the academic community  with the “real world” of public health. James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, ScD (hon), has been a member of the UA faculty since 1988. He retired from the UA in 2001 after serving as dean of the College of Medicine for 13 years and vice president of health sciences for six years. Dr, Dalen is also professor emeritus of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and professor emeritus of the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor parking garage for $1.50 per hour (cash only). Metered parking is also available.

For more information, please contact Roxanna Apaez, 520-626-5983, rapaez@email.arizona.edu  

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