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DIA Conference to Focus on Drug-Induced Injury of Liver, Heart, Kidney, and Skin
Date:9/24/2013

HORSHAM, Pa. (PRWEB) September 24, 2013

The DIA conference Drug-Induced Injury of Liver, Heart, Kidney, and Skin: Employing Recent Advances to Improve Patient Safety and Speed Up the Pipeline will be held Oct. 15 to 17, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in North Bethesda, Md., at 5701 Marinelli Road. The conference will focus on risk assessment of drug toxicity and address the obstacles faced by those working in pharmaceutical safety across the drug life cycle.

“Establishing the safety of new drug candidates remains a challenge in the development process. This conference will explore new strategies for risk assessment and mitigation and provide the latest updates on drug-induced organ injury from the United States, Europe and Japan,” said Susan Cantrell, director of DIA North America.

The two-and-a-half-day conference aimed at drug safety professionals will kick off with a welcome address by William W. Gregory, Ph.D., senior director of safety and risk management at Pfizer. The first session, “Impact on Drug Development of Novel Translational Safety Biomarkers for Improved Detection of Drug-Induced Acute Kidney Injury,” will be chaired by Aliza M. Thompson, M.D., a clinical team leader with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, U.S.

Workshop sessions will include:

  •     Prediction and Prevention of Serious Drug-Induced Skin Injury, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.: Serious skin reactions are rare but can be life-threatening and leave people with lasting disabilities. Experts will discuss what is known about biomarkers for risk of serious skin reactions and the identification of patients at—and drugs with—
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