Climate Change

ACDM
Annual Conference

31 March – 1 April 2008
Whittlebury Hall Hotel,
Northamptonshire

Winter 2007
ACDM's 21st Birthday and the 2008 Annual Conference

Twenty One was once the "age of majority" and although this changed to 18 back in 1969, the 21st is still an important birthday for many. Today it signals that college is soon to become history and careers need to be more seriously considered. The ACDM is no exception and 2008 marks the 21st Birthday of the organisation. The Annual Conference will mark this momentous occasion with a special focus on who and what has changed since 1987!

21 years has seen a significant change in the role of the Data Manager. Gone are the handwritten queries and the dumb terminals connected to VAX/VMS servers ...well almost! Today we have become much more sophisticated with our laptops and Blackberrys.

The 2008 Annual Conference will take place on the 31st March & 1st April at Whittlebury Hall near Silverstone Northamptonshire. This was the location for last year's Conference and following the tremendous feedback from delegates we selected this location for 2008.

The theme of the 2008 Conference is "Climate Change". 21 years has seen many changes across the industry and the 2008 conference promises to capture many of these themes including companies' experiences with offshoring, the way in which EDC is continuing to change how clinical trials are conducted and the changes it is bringing to many roles and disciplines. The Conference will also consider how the emergence of standards such as CDISC and CDASH will shape the future of clinical trials going forward.

The Conference debate promises to spark some interesting discussions as it considers whether "Data Management Professionals will exist only in offshoring countries by 2012" – we are inviting those of you who would be interested in debating this motion to contact the ACDM at admin@acdm.org.uk.

The full ACDM Conference agenda is available along with registration forms on the ACDM website and I would encourage you to take a few moments to look at it (www.acdm.org.uk) and to register for this key event of the ACDM calendar. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to call the ACDM office. The conference is a great opportunity to learn how our industry is changing, what are the emerging ideas, how other companies are dealing with the many challenges as well as developing contacts and networks within the industry.
The 2008 Conference will provide the opportunity to see many faces both old and new as we look where 21 years has brought us. The ACDM is continually looking for new members and as part of the 2008 Conference we will look to connect new members with many of the existing members and consider how new members can contribute to the ACDM moving forward.
I trust you will all take advantage of the early-bird bookings for the Conference and I look forward to seeing you there.
Tom O'Leary
Chair ACDM Conference Committee, ICON Clinical Research