In Focus: Breakout Sessions at the Annual Symposium

Posted on: Wednesday 27 October 2021
Author: FPM

With two weeks to go until the FPM Annual Symposium 2021, we look ahead to the different kinds of sessions taking place this year. As well as our headline plenaries we’ll be hosting a variety of breakout rooms on each day of the Symposium – an opportunity to delve deeper into the event’s key themes. Attendees will have the choice of three sessions each day, led by panels of experts and specialists from a range of sectors and fields. Interested in community outreach, sustainability or the future of clinical trials? Take a look at some of the topics on offer to find the one for you…

Day One

Which breakout session will you choose?

Thursday 11 November 2021 | 13:15 – 14:15


  • Engagement
  • Sustainability
  • AI

Engagement with minority communities


This session will look at how we can better serve and engage minority groups, including those communities with deep-rooted mistrust of the pharmaceutical industry. This panel features physicians Dr Mohammad Razai and Dr Fatima Husain, and specialists in patient recruitment, Kate Shaw and policy implementation, Rudi Page.

Sustainability in pharmaceutical medicine


This stimulating panel discussion features representatives from the NHS and industry including Dr Flic Gabbay, Steve Hoare from the ABPI and Sarah Ouanhnon, senior delivery lead for the Greener NHS Programme. Panellists will examine the many ways that pharmaceutical physicians, and the industry, can address sustainability.

Artificial Intelligence: buzzword or game changer?


Artificial intelligence and machine learning are terms that all of us hear, many of us are under pressure to use, but few of us fully understand. In this session, Dr Joerg Degen, an expert in AI at Roche and Dr Tony Hall, a pharmaceutical physician with Healx who has utilised AI in his work re-purposing medicines for rare diseases, offer their perspective on this timely subject.

Day Two

Which breakout session will you choose?

Friday 12 November 2021 | 13:15 – 14:15


  • Early Phase Development
  • Clinical Trials: Policy Forum
  • International Trials: Ethics Forum

A revolution in early phase development


We will be joined by leading clinical scientists Dr Jorg Taubel, Professor Helen McShane, Professor Sir Terence Stephenson and Professor Duncan Richards for a conversation about the “revolution” in early phase development. From planning and developing a SARS-CoV-2 human challenge study to using repurposed and new medicines in early phase studies, our panellists bring their wealth of experience to this compelling discussion.

Clinical trials of the future: Policy forum


How do clinical trials need to change to be most effective in the next decade? How can they adapt? Join this interactive workshop with discussions led by three experts in clinical trials – Dr Janet Messer, Professor Nawar Bakerly and Dr Stuart Dollow – as they explore what can be learnt from the pandemic, the role of Real World Evidence and how to design study plans to gain rapid market access.

International trials – Ethics, policy and practicalities


In this workshop, our two expert panellists, Dr Beatriz Thomé and Dr Jina Swartz, will discuss some of the complex questions and challenges related to conducting international clinical research. Who should be setting the agenda for global research? Is it always ethical to conduct the same study in countries of differing socioeconomic backgrounds? Join us to find out more.

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