OC15 in Review

Two weeks ago, members of the OpenClinica community converged on the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam for the 2015 OpenClinica Global Conference. The event was highlighted by a keynote from John Wilbanks, who inspired us with a great talk on how mobile technology and open source can help break new ground in understanding disease. Smartphone-based engagement tools, used in real world settings, can enable greater participation in research, cut costs, and make new research designs and insights possible. It’s not just theoretical, as his company, Sage BioNetworks, is walking the walk by open-sourcing its e-consent toolkit and working with Apple on studies using ResearchKit.

Our community demonstrated it is also a powerful driver of innovation. Through innovative applications, by integrating with other powerful tools, or augmenting the OpenClinica core with custom built extensions, OpenClinica is playing a role in patient engagement, big data, and translational science. TraIT shared its work integrating OpenClinica into a Translational Molecular Medicine infrastructure (ppt), Aachen University presented its integration of medical imaging applications, and University of Cambridge’s RDCIT team unveiled its integration sophisticated pedigree and phenotyping capabilities to support clinical genomics research (pdf). We got to take deep dives into powerful GUIs for data import, client libraries for OC’s web services API, and data marts/reporting. That’s just a few. Many of these efforts are open source and are being shared freely–a phenomenon unique in the field of clinical research.

We have become a community that rapidly disseminates ideas and code while holding each other to rigorous standards of quality. We are building on a shared foundation of strong data provenance, audit trails, privacy protections, and GCP compliance. OC15 was a reminder of how openly and effectively our community collaborates, and how great we are at welcoming new participants. I left OC15 inspired and motivated by the participants’ passion and creativity.

OpenClinica at MAGI Clinical Research Conference (May 23-26, Boston)

Yet another conference! Representatives from Akaza Research will be exhibiting and demonstrating OpenClinica at the MAGI Clinical Research Conference, May 23-26 at the Boston Sheraton hotel.  If you’ll be attending be sure to drop into the exhibit hall and say hello to the nice people at the OpenClinica booth :)

OpenClinica European Summit

You may have seen the recent announcement of the OpenClinca European Summit. Akaza is planning this event to reach out to our European user base and provide an opportunity for face to face dialogue, networking, and learning. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers and panelists that we will be announcing soon.

From the announcement:

The first OpenClinca European Summit brings together users, developers, and other interested parties in a structured setting to share information about OpenClinica. Whether you’re already using OpenClinica or considering it for future use, this event is an excellent way to obtain lots of high quality information quickly and interact with real users in the OpenClinica community.

The Summit will take place April 14 in Brussels, followed by optional OpenClinica Intensive End User and Advanced eCRF Development training courses that will run April 15 – 18. Registration is open to all and the early bird deadline is January 30th. For more information see https://www.openclinica.org/European_Summit.html.

Hope to see you there!