40th Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Theme:
"Clinical Trials: A Catalyst for Societal Advancement through Innovation"


May 19-22, 2019


New Orleans, LA, USA

The Conference Venue

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Make your getaway to Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and enjoy the benefits of our perfect location in the heart of the city. Situated in downtown New Orleans, steps from the famed French Quarter, we're within walking distance of Bourbon Street, the Riverwalk, the Port of New Orleans and much more. Moreover, our hotel's proximity to the historic Canal Street streetcar line ensures travelers can easily venture out to experience all parts of the city, including the Garden District and Magazine Street.

Start your day in the Big Easy with a beignet breakfast at Roux Bistro before exploring the area's wealth of things to do. While nearby attractions beckon, travelers of all types will appreciate thoughtful hotel amenities like a rooftop pool and sun deck, 105,700 square feet of event space, a Sheraton Fitness Center and a lobby Starbucks. However you elect to spend your time in New Orleans, we know you'll look forward to returning home to your spacious guest room to soak up scenic views of this one-of-a-kind city.

More about the venue

registration | Pricing

Registration is now open for SCT's 40th Annual Meeting!


Single-day registrations and discounted fees for attendees from developing countries may be available by request. Please email sct@fernley.com for more information.

* Please click here to view the list of developing countries »

Registration Policy
All payments must be made in USD ($) to ensure that the full amount is received. Entry to the conference will not be permitted unless full payment has been received.

Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations received via email to sct@fernley.com by May 6 and will be refunded less a $100 administrative fee. There will be no refunds issued after May. Failure to attend without notice will not result in a refund.

Workshops may be subject to cancellation if minimum attendance numbers are not met. A full workshop fee refund will be provided for any workshops which are cancelled by SCT.

By attending the meeting, members consent to being filmed and/or photographed for SCT purposes.

Non-USA participants may require a Visa to enter the USA. To check if you need a USA Visa please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html. Delegates may also contact the consulate/embassy in their home country for further information.

Validity of Passports
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for travel and we recommend that you check with your local Embassy. Please note that some countries require your passport to be valid for up to 3 months from the date of return.

**Visa Applications - Letter From The Organizing Secretariat**
If you require a letter to confirm your registration please complete the online registration form and make payment. Please email sct@fernley.com to request a letter after you have registered and made payment. If your visa is declined we are only able to offer refunds in line with our cancellation terms and conditions.

About | Us

About the Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials is a multidisciplinary program with broad participation. The Meeting brings together the clinical trials community from academia, the pharmaceutical and device industries, government agencies, medical groups and centers and clinical research entities.

Educational Highlights include:

  • Plenary sessions, simultaneous workshops and contributed presentations in presentations and posters
  • Pre-meeting workshop courses by leaders in the field
  • Annual Student Scholarship Competition
  • Exhibits from vendors showcasing publications, technology and other resources for clinical trials
  • Discussions of timely issues and research experiences among colleagues in the field of clinical trials
  • National/International travel opportunities
  • Presentation of the 2018 Trial of the Year Award
  • Presentation of the SCT Class of 2019 Fellows

This year’s meeting will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Sheraton is located in the heart of the city, steps from the famed French Quarter and walking distance of Bourbon Street, the Riverwalk, and the Port of New Orleans. We look forward to welcoming you to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, providing the perfect forum to host over 500 clinical trials colleagues, located in the heart of the city near fabulous restaurants and shopping.

The program is being developed by the SCT Program and & Education Committees, and promises to make the best of this unique opportunity for international collaboration.

We look forward to welcoming you to New Orleans!

About the Society
The Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) is an educational, charitable, and scientific organization whose mission is to work internationally to advance human health through advocating the use of clinical trials, leading the development and dissemination of optimal methods and practices in clinical trials, and educating and developing all clinical trial professionals. We are a society with representation from academia, industry, government and non-profit research and advocacy groups. Our community consists of clinical investigators, biostatisticians, project managers, IT specialists, clinical research associates and people from other clinical trials specialties. Our membership spans the globe with representation from 34 different countries.

Find out more: http://www.sctweb.org/

Program | At a Glance

Following is this year's preliminary program including registration opening, pre-conference workshops, keynote talks,
poster sessions, Trial of the Year presentation, Fellows induction, business meeting, student scholarships and awards.
Schedule of events is subject to change. Final schedule will be available in April.
Pre-Conference Workshops - Sunday, May 19, 2019
7:30 Coffee / Tea
8:00 - 12:00 Pre-Conference Workshop I
Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees and Reporting Statistical Centers: The Basics and Emerging Issues
Nottoway (4th Floor)
Pre-Conference Workshop II
SMART clinical trial design for large and small samples
Maurepas (3rd Floor)
Pre-Conference Workshop III
Essentials of Clinical Trials
Borgne (3rd Floor)
9:45 - 10:15 Refreshment Break
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)
1:00 - 5:00 Pre-Conference Workshop VI
Methods for Causal Inference from Randomized Trials with Loss to Follow-up or Non-adherence
Nottoway (4th Floor)
Pre-Conference Workshop V
Control Groups, Clinically Important Differences and Effect Sizes in Complex Interventions
Maurepas (3rd Floor)
Pre-Conference Workshop IV
Statistical Concepts in Clinical Trials for Non-Statisticians
Borgne (3rd Floor)
2:45 - 3:15 Refreshment Break
Sunday Evening
7:00 - 9:00
Pre-conference Workshop VII
Designs for modern phase I oncology trials
Nottoway (4th Floor)
Pre-Conference Workshop VIII
Personalized evidence based medicine: predictive approaches to heterogeneous treatment effects in randomized trials
Maurepas (3rd Floor)
Pre-Conference Workshop IX
Using Studies Within a Trial (SWATs) to increase the evidence base for trial process decision-making
Borgne (3rd Floor)
5:15 - 7:15 SCT Board Meeting
Edgewood (4th Floor)
7:30 - 10:00 Fellow's Dinner at Arnaud's
SCT Annual Meeting - Monday, May 20, 2019
7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast with Coffee / Tea
Napoleon Foyer (3rd Floor)
8:00 - 9:30 SCT President's Welcome & Curtis Meinert Keynote
Dr. Thomas Fleming - Striving to achieve and protect the integrity of clinical trials
Napoleon AB123 (3rd Floor)
9:30 - 10:00 Poster Presentations & Exhibits - with Coffee / Tea
Napoleon D123 (3rd Floor)
10:00 - 11:30 Invited Session 1
Hao Zhu
Role of Model Informed Drug Development (MIDD) in Drug Development and Regulatory Evaluation
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 2
Maria Pufulete
Using observational healthcare data to emulate randomized trials
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 3
Katie Gillies
How can behavioural science help us design better trials?
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 4
Kimberley Goldsmith
What works for whom and why: the future for trials of complex interventions
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Invited Session 5
Amy Dwy
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
In-Conf Workshop 5(moved)
Beyond the CONSORT extension for pilot trials: guideline, planning, abstracts and protocols
Rhythms 3 (2nd Floor)
11:30 - 12:45 General Lunch
Napoleon AB123 (3rd Floor)
Round-Table Discussions with Lunch
Borgne (3rd Floor)
12:45 - 2:15 Invited Session 6
Julie Qidwai
Switching Boats Mid-Stream: Maintaining Continuity in a Large Clinical Trials Network in the Face of Change
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 7
Colin Begg
Clinical Trials: Meet the Editors
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 8
David DeMets
The Coronary Drug Project (CDP): Looking Back 50 Years
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 9
Mary Redman
Clinical Trialists Can Help Make Real-World Data Analysis Better
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Chalmers Student
Scholarship Finalists

Rhythms 2 (2nd Floor)
In-Conf Workshop 4(moved)
Leila Rooshenas
Strategies for optimizing recruitment to randomized clinical trials
Rhythms 3 (2nd Floor)
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Contributed Session 1
Trial Management: Start Up
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 2
Cluster Randomization Trial Design
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 3
Power Considerations
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 4
Regulatory & Consent
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 5
Retention & Adherence
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 6
Trial Design in Specialized Populations
Rhythms 2 (2nd Floor)
3:30-4:00 Poster Presentations & Exhibits - with Refreshments & Light Snacks
Napoleon D123 (3rd Floor)
4:00-5:30 Trial of the Year
Napoleon AB123 (3rd Floor)
5:30-6:30 Program Committee Meeting
Oak Alley (4th Floor)
Education Committee Meeting
Nottoway (4th Floor)
Journal Editorial Meeting (until 7:00)
Edgewood (4th Floor)
9:00-12:00 Dessert Reception with DJ and Dancing
Armstrong (8th Floor)
SCT Annual Meeting - Tuesday, May 21, 2019
7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast with Coffee / Tea
Napoleon Foyer (3rd Floor)
8:00 - 9:20 Presentation of the Class of 2018 Fellows
Founders Lecture

Dr. Monica Bertagnolli - Building a learning health care system, and learning from every patient
Napoleon AB123 (3rd Floor)
9:20 - 9:30 Break
9:30 - 10:30 Contributed Session 7
Electronic Data Capture
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 8
Interim Monitoring and Statistical Inference
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 9
Adaptive Design & Analysis
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 10
Recruitment through Referrals and electronic methods
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 11
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 12
Trial Management & Design: Innovation and Real World Dilemmas
Rhythms 2 (2nd Floor)
10:30 - 11:00 Poster Presentations & Exhibits - with Refreshments & Light Snacks
Napoleon D123 (3rd Floor)
11:00 - 12:30 Invited Session 11
Peter Kaufmann
Unintended consequences of participant engagement in clinical trials involving behavioral interventons.
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 12
Spencer Hey
Safeguarding Public and Patient Trust in Pragmatic Trials Without Written Informed Consent
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 13
Brett Thombs
Development of reporting guidelines for randomized controlled trials using cohorts and routinely collected health data
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 14
yves rosenberg
Planning and Implementing Key Design Changes in Multicenter Clinical Trials: Lessons Learned from the ISCHEMIA trial experience
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Invited Session 15
Lauren Yesko
Perspectives on Data Sharing: Preparing, Analyzing, and Conducting Secondary Data Analyses using Publicly Available Clinical Trial Data
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
In-Conf Workshop 3
Alison McDonald
Trial Close 0ut and Archiving
Rhythms 3 (2nd Floor)
12:30 - 2:00 SCT Business Session / Lunch
Napoleon AB123 (3rd Floor)
2:00 - 3:00 Contributed Session 13
Electronic Health Records and Data Capture
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 14
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 15
Cluster Randomization Statisical Analysis
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 16
Trial Design: Statistical Considerations
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 17
Oncology: Treatment Effects & Outcomes
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 18
Reporting to the Public
Rhythms 2 (2nd Floor)
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 Invited Session 16
Li Chen
Synthesize Read-World Data with Randomized Clinical Trial Data for Efficient Drug Development
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 17
Marion Campbell
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 18
Pralay Mukhopadhyay
Challenges in Design, Analysis and Selection of Endpoints in Immuno-Oncology Trials
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 19
Hayat Ahmed
Diverse Representation in Clinical Trials
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Invited Session 20
Shaunagh Browning
“The Clinical Research Nurse in Clinical Trials: Value Added?” A Panel Discussion on the Nurses' Role on the Clinical Trials Team
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
In-Conf Workshop 1(moved)
Laura Lovato
It Takes a Village: Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Designing Stellar Data Collection Forms
Rhythms 3 (2nd Floor)
4:45 - 5:00 Break with Refreshments
5:00 - 6:30 Special Founders Session
Napoleon AB123 (3rd Floor)
SCT Annual Meeting - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast with Coffee / Tea
8:00 - 9:30 Invited Session 21
Jonathan Kimmelman
The United States’ Right-To-Try Legislation: Implications for Clinical Trials
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 22
Juliana Tolles
Challenges and Best Practices for Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) Overseeing Adaptive Clinical Trials
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 23
Larisa Tereshchenko
Clinician-reported outcomes: can we do better?
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 24
Denise Esserman
Clinical, Practical and Methodological Considerations for Patient Preference Clinical Trials Designs
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Invited Session 25
Greg Ball
The Global Regulatory Landscape and a Safety Mindset: Medical Judgment and Decision-Making within a Quantitative Framework
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
Invited Session 10 (moved)
Chenguang Wang
Innovative Early Phase Clinical Trial Designs for Cancer Immunotherapy
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:45 Contributed Session 19
Web Systems
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 20
Trial Management: Design & Adaptions
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 21
Data Quality & Reports
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Contributed Session 22
Survival Summary Measures
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 23
Misc: Stats
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
Contributed Session 24
Misc: Other
Rhythms 2 (2nd Floor)
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Invited Session 26
Karla Hemming
The multiple-period cluster randomised cross-over design for comparative effectiveness research: statistical and ethical issues
Napoleon C1 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 27
Janel Barnes
Preparing and Submitting Data to Open and Limited-Access Repositories
Napoleon C3 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 28
Catherine Meyers
The Landscape of Embedded Pragmatic Clinical Trials in the US: Focus on Opioid Use and Pain Management
Napoleon C2 (3rd Floor)
Invited Session 29
sally Jo zuspan
Introduction to Quality by Design and Risk Management: Can you get your staff and study teams to bite?
Waterbury (2nd Floor)
Invited Session 30
Claire Cochran
From Grant to GANNT, the challenges of setting up a trial in 2018 – lessons learnt for the international stage
Rhythms 1 (2nd Floor)
In-Conf Workshop 3(moved)
Julia Collins
Site Selection for Clinical Trials: Tips, Tricks and Process Considerations
Rhythms 3 (2nd Floor)
12:30 - 12:45 Break / Annual Meeting Adjourned
12:45 - 2:00 Board Meeting with Lunch
Edgewood (4th Floor)

Conference | Venue

Hotel Accommodations

The SCT room block at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has sold out; however, there are several hotels in the area which you may want to consider if you have not made your accommodations.

Nearby Hotels    (each offer government rates)
AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon
221 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Royal Crescent Hotel
535 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Best Western Plus St. Christopher
114 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Travel Details
Located in the heart of New Orleans, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk from the French Quarter.

From Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Get on I-10 E in Metairie from Jerome S. Glazer Airport Access Rd for 9 min (4.0 mi). Follow I-10 E to US-90 E in New Orleans. Take exit 13B - A from US-90 BUS W for 11 min (10.6 mi). Drive to Canal St for 8 min (1.3 mi). Merge onto US-90 E for 0.4 mi. Continue straight onto S Claiborne Ave for 0.2 mi. Turn right onto Canal St for 0.7 mi.

From New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW), Get on I-10 W from Downman Rd and Morrison Rd for 5 min (1.7 mi). Follow I-10 W to S Derbigny St. Take exit 235B from I-10 W for 7 min (6.7 mi). Drive to Canal St for 7 min (0.9 mi). Merge onto S Derbigny St (signs for Canal St) for 459 ft. Turn right onto Canal St for 0.8 mi.

Distance from Hotel: 15 miles
Drive Time: 26 minutesTransportation Information

Type Typical Travel Time Typical Minimum Charge
Bus (Line 202) 48 min. $2.00 USD
Shuttle 25 min. Fees will vary
Uber 25 min. $20.00 - $27.00 USD
Taxi 25 min. $30.00 - $40.00 USD

Check In / Check Out Times
- Check-in: 4:00 pm
- Check-out: 12:00 pm

- Self parking: Not Available
- Valet: $45.00 (Valet Parking)

Frequently | Asked

Have a question? If you do not find the answer in our most frequently asked questions
below, please reach out to us at sct@fernley.com.

The early registration deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019 at Midnight Eastern Time.
Please see details of how to travel to the conference on the venue portion of this page.
Please click here to view the list of qualifying countries.
We request that all registrations are paid for online through the secure registration form; however, if this is not possible please contact us at (215) 320-3878 to make a credit card payment via phone.
All payments must be made in USD ($) to ensure that the full amount is received.
If payment is made by bank transfer we ask that you pay all bank charges. Alternatively we can accept payment by credit card where there are no additional fees unless your bank apply bank charges for international payments.
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
We are able to issue an invitation letter once we have received your completed registration and payment. Please make this request in the notes section at the end of the online registration process. We require a minimum of 14 days' notice and it will be sent by email. Please note that is it your responsibility to check the Visa Entry Regulations into the USA and further information can be found by clicking here.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for travel and we recommend that you check with your local Embassy. Please note that some countries require your passport to be valid for up to 3 months from the date of return.
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Exhibition | Sponsors

A La Carte Sponsorships & Exhibitors

We are delighted to allow companies the ability to either sponsor or exhibit at this years conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. There are a range of opportunities available at the conference with the exhibition that will take place alongside the conference sessions and refreshment breaks.

For parties interested in Corporate sponsorship or paying via check, please download the prospectus and email to sct@fernley.com. If you wish to discuss the opportunities available, we would love to answer any questions you might have.

Thank You to Our 2019 Corporate Sponsors!

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies

Platinum Sponsor

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies

Our mission is to transform individual lives and fundamentally change the way diseases are managed, interpreted, and prevented. We believe that challenging something is the best way to change it.

The Biostatistics Center

Gold Sponsor

The Biostatistics Center

The Biostatistics Center is a research center of The George Washington University within the Milken Institute School of Public Health serves as the coordinating center for large scale multi-center clinical trials and epidemiologic studies.


Gold Sponsor


Making a difference in the lives of people through our innovative medicines, vaccines, and animal health products. Committed to being the premier, research biopharmaceutical company dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions.


Silver Sponsor


We're a company that takes on the toughest health challenges. But we do more than treat diseases-we aim to make a remarkable impact on people's lives. We are AbbVie, a highly focused research-driven biopharmaceutical company.


Silver Sponsor


Amgen is one of the world's leading biotechnology companies. Amgen is a values-based company, deeply rooted in science and innovation to transform new ideas and discoveries into medicines for patients with serious illnesses.


Silver Sponsor


Founded in 1979, Axio Research has extensive experience supporting pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies of all sizes. Axio’s services include clinical data services, data management, biostatistical and DMC support, as well as statistical genetics and genomics services.

Berry Consulting

Silver Sponsor

Berry Consulting

Berry Consultants is an innovative clinical trial consulting company specializing in clinical trial design, analysis, execution, and software solutions for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.

Jaeb Center for Health Research

Silver Sponsor

Jaeb Center for Health Research

The Jaeb Center for Health Research was established in 1993 as a freestanding, nonprofit coordinating center for multi-center clinical trials and epidemiologic research. The Jaeb Center's focus is eye disorders or type 1 diabetes.

Statistics Collaborative

Silver Sponsor

Statistics Collaborative

Statistics Collaborative specializes in biostatistical consulting services for clients developing drugs, biologics, and devices. Our expertise lies in clinical trials, epidemiological studies, preclinical studies, and non-clinical research.


Bronze Sponsor


Emmes collaborates with clients to produce valued, trusted scientific research. We are passionate about making a difference in the quality of human health, and have supported more than a thousand studies across a diverse range of diseases since our formation in 1977.

Journal of Clinical Medicine

Bronze Sponsor / Exhibitor

Journal of Clinical Medicine

JCM (IF = 5.583) is an international scientific open access journal, providing a platform for advances in clinical practices, the study of direct observation of patients and general medical research. The journal is indexed by SCIE and PubMed.