Published 1/1/2016

2016 ORS Clinical Research Forum Takes a Twist

Broad scope spans the clinical research career
Although the Clinical Research Forum has been a part of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting since 2011, every year brings a new focus for this popular workshop. In 2016, the focus will be Clinical Trials from Early Stage to Large Datasets and Fundamental Challenges.

"Each year, we use the forum as an opportunity to shed light on hot topics and what people want to know," explained Forum Chair Kurt M. Spindler, MD. "Lately, we have been getting a lot of questions from younger people wondering how to get started in clinical research. Previous forums have addressed large, established networks and the nuances of multicenter, high-profile randomized trials and big cohorts, but that doesn't help the younger people in the field. These are scientists who don't yet have the funding or experience to tackle that type of research. To keep the field moving forward, we need to provide them with the tools and resources that will help them be successful."

The first of the forum's three sessions will focus primarily on grants, funding, and mentorship. With presentations from Roy K. Aaron, MD; Patricia D. Franklin, MD; Regis J. O'Keefe, MD, PhD; and Evan Flatow, MD, attendees can expect to gain insights into obtaining clinical grants as well as making sense of patient-reported outcomes.

The second section, moderated by David Wasserstein, MD, MSc, MPH(C), FRCSDC, will cover the strengths and weaknesses of large datasets. "In this section," Dr. Spindler explained, "we're trying to highlight what can be learned from these registries. What kind of information is captured? What can be learned from administrative databases? What information can be gleaned that is highly accurate and what information has a lot of bias." This session will include presentations by Richard E. Hughes, PhD; Rick W. Wright, MD; Richard Jenkinson, MD, MSc; and Emil H. Schemitsch, MD.

The final session of the forum will focus on challenges that are fundamental to all clinical research, with presentations by Joel Gagnier, PhD; Gerard Slobogean, MD, MPH, FRCSC; and Dr. Spindler.

Something for everyone
Even though much of the forum will be geared toward new investigators in the beginning stages of their careers, it will also have plenty of relevant and useful information for more seasoned, established investigators.

"The section on big datasets and what you can get out of registries will be particularly relevant to established investigators," Dr. Spindler said. "I don't think many people appreciate the kind of information you can get out of big datasets.

"We take our feedback to heart," he continued. "The individuals who attend and participate provide feedback that helps shape future forums. We adapt based on what they think is interesting. As things change, we'll rework the forum and create a whole new program next year."

The ORS Clinical Research Forum, Clinical Trials from Early Stage to Large Datasets and Fundamental Challenges, will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016, immediately following the AAOS Annual Meeting. The Forum will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. AAOS members are welcome to attend this complimentary program.

For more information, visit www.ors.org/2016annualmeeting