Dear Member of the Clinical Research Community,

We are excited to announce the Investigator-Initiated Clinical Research and Data Symposium organized by IUKAMM (Istanbul University Center of Excellence for Clinical Research) and supported by ICN (International Clinical Trial Center Network) will be held at Istanbul University, Faculty of Sciences,  Prof. Cemil Bilsel Conference Hall on September 12 – 13, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

IUKAMM (Istanbul University Center of Excellence for Clinical Research), first in Turkey, is a leading center in clinical research, aiming to improve clinical research and solve problems of investigators and issues in the field while keeping patients and patient safety in the center. It is a unique structure that coordinates clinical research in faculties and institutes of Istanbul University and one of the founding members of the ICN.

The ICN is a network of academic and government-based research institutions that collaborate to connect excellence in clinical research. ICN brings together top-tier experience and knowledge of clinical trial centers from across the globe. Its mission is to enhance the global availability of high-quality clinical research centers and study sites by promoting and supporting the top-level services and proven capabilities of the ICN and its members. Through close and coordinated contact amongst its members, the ICN is enabled to connect teams and relevant stakeholders in clinical research (

Although both bodies excel in industry sponsored research; research independently designed and conducted by the investigator, aiming to advance medical and scientific knowledge  will be the focus of this symposium. Non-commercial, patient oriented clinical research, based on real-world conditions, can contribute to the solution of diseases not targeted by the mainstream trends and apply methods different than market driven studies. Increasing role of real life data, usage of electronic health records and techniques unfolded by information technologies undoubtedly boosted the possibilities in clinical research area. Ethical, legal, administrative and philosophical questions followed inevitably.

The Investigator-Initiated Clinical Research and Data Symposium shall represent a perfect environment to discuss cutting-edge practices on Investigator Initiated Trials and Data Use in Clinical Research, with special emphasis on Electronic Health Records, Big Data and how advances in Data Use can contribute to the development of Investigator Driven Research. Ethical, legal and governance issues will be appraised in dedicated sessions.

Symposium Outline:
12.9.2018 AM: Turkish Landscape of Investigator Initiated Research and Data Usage
12.9.2018 PM: Oral and Poster presentations
13.9.2018 AM: Keynote  Lectures
13.9.2018 PM: ICN presentations on Investigator-Initiated Research and Data Usage policies of the Member Countries and Centers

It is an honor for us to invite you to unique and beautiful Istanbul, which acted as an economic and cultural bridge between cultures for centuries. We hope this organization will create opportunities for participants to present and share experiences, explore new directions, expand their networks and establish a long lasting environment for scientific interaction and connections.
I would like to thank in advance to you and your colleagues for their interest and contribution and look forward to having an exciting meeting.

Kind Regards,

On Behalf of the Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Yağız Üresin
Vice-Director Istanbul Universiy Center of Excellence for Clinical Research
Chairperson International Clinical Trial Center Network

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