[ASC-list] BACKGROUND BRIEFING: From mice to men - Getting your head around clinical trials [4th April 2014]

Susannah Eliott Susannah at smc.org.au
Thu Apr 3 00:27:27 UTC 2014

Dear fellow ASCers,
You might find this online background briefing interesting. A reminder that these briefings are designed for non-specialist journalists and they have priority in question time. But feel free to ask a question and we'll try to get to it if we can.
Best wishes

Australian Science Media Centre
BRIEFING ALERT:  From mice to men - getting your head around clinical trials
BACKGROUND BRIEFING - Friday April 4th at 11:30 AEDT (11:00 ACDT) at the Adelaide Convention Centre (also available online)
We all rely on modern medicine, but probably know little about how drugs get from the early testing stages in the lab to the shelves of our local pharmacist. Clinical trials on people are a vital part of the process, but what exactly are they, what's the difference between the different 'phases' of clinical trials, how can researchers be sure treatments are safe, why do so many promising-looking drugs fail to make the grade, and is testing new drugs on human guineapigs an ethical thing to do? Join us for this media briefing ahead of a public lecture on clinical trials for lung disease and sleep apnoea, part of The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and The Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science's (TSANZSRS) annual scientific meeting being held in Adelaide between the 4th and 9th April.
The briefing will discuss the following issues:

  *   What is a clinical trial?
  *   What does it mean for the patient?
  *   How is being involved in clinical trials helpful for the patient and the wider community?
  *   What are the ethical issues, checks and balances that are important in running or being involved in clinical trials?
  *   An update on the latest lung disease clinical trials in Australia

This "getting your head around" briefing is supported by The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, The Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science Ltd. and Inspiring Australia<http://www.innovation.gov.au/Science/InspiringAustralia/Pages/default.aspx>.


*         Professor Mark Holmes is a Professor of Medicine at The University of Adelaide, a Senior Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Head of both the South Australian Lung Transplant Services and the Respiratory Clinical Trials Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital

*         Dr Ching Li Chai-Coetzer is a Sleep and Respiratory Physician and Research Associate at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and staff consultant at the Repatriation General Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre

*         Mary McAlister is Clinical Research Manager, Respiratory Clinical Trials, Chest Clinic, Royal Adelaide Hospital

  *   Associate Professor Andrew Thornton is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Chair of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Ethics Committee

*         A patient who has been involved in a clinical trial will be available for interview after the briefing.

DATE: Fri April 4th
DURATION: Approx 45 min
VENUE: Adelaide Convention Centre (also available online)
PHONE CONTACT ON THE DAY: Petrana Lorenz on 0405 158 636 or Petrana.Lorenz at ashm.org.au<mailto:Petrana.Lorenz at ashm.org.au> (during the event you can also try calling the AusSMC office on 08 7120 8666)

Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions online.
1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking here 5 minutes before the start time or anytime during the briefing<https://aussmc.webex.com/aussmc/onstage/g.php?d=869806229&t=a>.  Alternatively go to smc.org.au<http://www.smc.org.au>  and follow the links.
2. Enter your name and email address
3. Click "Join".
If you are having difficulties logging in, we suggest you try pasting the link into a different browser.
(System requirements: You will need a broadband connection and speakers/headphones to hear the event. Allow 1-2 mins for your computer to be configured correctly, install ActiveX, if asked)
1. For phone only access please call: 1800 049 813.
2. Enter access code 869 806 229#. Wait for the prompt and press #.
Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test before the day.
If you have any problems joining the briefing online, phone Webex on 1800 493 239 quoting event number 869 806 229.
Audio files will be posted on our website at smc.org.au<http://www.smc.org.au> as soon as possible after the event.
For further information, please contact the AusSMC on 08 7120 8666 or email info at smc.org.au<mailto:info at smc.org.au>.
Date issued: 27 March 2014    AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Time
NB:  The AusSMC generally runs two different types of media briefings:
NEWS BRIEFINGS - Where new research or data will be released as part of the briefing
BACKGROUND BRIEFINGS - Where experts discuss an issue which is in the news or an issue we consider newsworthy, but no new research or data is being released

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