Academy of Physicians
in Clinical Research

Academy of Physicians
in Clinical Research

APCR 2019 Annual Meeting

APCR 2019 Annual Meeting

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

November 1-2, 2019



Why You Should Attend

  • Impact Policy
    • Through APCR, you can have an input on policy that affects the field of clinical research.
  • Network
    • Interact with experienced investigators to discuss the unique challenges that face clinical researchers.
    • Build lasting professional relationships with industry members.
    • Receive coaching and help from experienced investigators and industry leaders.
  • Grow Your Practice
    • Get advice from experienced investigators on how to grow your practice and gain insights on practice management best practices.



CME/CE Credit provided by AKH, Inc. Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Full accreditation information will be available soon.


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The Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research is accepting abstracts for its 2019 Annual Meeting. This meeting brings together physicians from the clinical trial community from academia, the pharmaceutical and device industries, government agencies, medical groups and centers and clinical research entities.

This is your opportunity to propose thought-provoking content in the realm of clinical research that is important to you, your colleagues, and the APCR community.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed and considered for oral and/or poster presentations at the meeting

Abstract Submission Topics:

To ensure your abstract receives proper consideration, the abstract must relate to an appropriate topic in the field of clinical research.  Suggested topics include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Contracts
  • Budgets and Billing
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Clinical Trial Design
  • Clinical Operations and Project Management
  • Site Activation and Management
  • Recruitment
  • Special Topics
  • Other

Submit your abstract here!

Important Dates:

Final Abstract Submission Deadline:

September 1, 2019

Abstract Acceptance Notification:

September 15, 2019

Presenting Author Registration Deadline for Annual Meeting:

September 30, 2019


Meeting Chair

 Cara East, MD, FAPCR
Senior Director of Alliance Development Senior Director of Alliance Development
Director, Baylor Soltero Cardioology Research Center
Clinical Professor, Texas A&M Collge of Medicine
Dallas, TX



Featured Faculty


Ricardo Correa Marquez, MD, EsD, FAPCR
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Director
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
Mayo College of Medicine, Mayo Arizona
Creighton School of Medicine, Phoenix Campus
Staff Endocrinologist at Phoenix VAMC
Army Reserve Physician
Phoenix, AZ

  Karen Freedle, MD, MPH
Clinical Research Medical Director
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation
East Hanover, NJ
  Robert Hardi, MD, FAPCR, CPI
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Washington, DC
Medical Director, Capital Research
Silver Springs, MD
  Susan Greco, MD, MPH
Clinical Investigator
Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research
Jacksonville, FL
  Michael Koren, MD, FACC, FAPCR, CPI
CEO and Director, Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research
Encore Research Group
Jacksonville, FL
  S. David Miller, MD
Medical Director
North Dartmouth, MA
  Mike Novotny
Founder and CEO
San Francisco, CA
  Harry Sarles, MD, FAPCR
Medical Director / Principal Investigator / Gastroenterologist
Digestive Health Associates of Texas, PA
Richardson, TX
  Gillian van Kleeff
Anaheim, CA
  Mike Ybarra, MD, FAPCR
Senior Director of Alliance Development
Washington, DC
  Bei Yu, PhD
Division of Clinical Compliance Evaluation
Office of Scientific Investigations
Office of Compliance
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)/FDA
Silver Spring, MD







Friday, November 1, 2019
7:00 – 7:30 AM Registration
APCR Presents GCP in Clinical Research Training for Physicians
7:30 – 7:35 AM Friday Welcoming Remarks/Overview
7:35 – 8:05 AM The Competent Investigator Understands Both Compliance & Excellence
Michael Koren, MD, CPI, FAPCR
8:05 – 8:50 AM Alphabet Soup: Decoding the Regulatory Fricassee
Susan Greco, MD, MPH
8:50 – 9:35 AM A 2000 Year History of Protecting Patient' Rights and Research Regulations in 45 Minutes
Michael Koren, MD, CPI, FAPCR
9:35 – 9:50 AM Break
9:50 – 10:35 AM Oversight Agencies and Institutional Review Boards
Ernst Prentice, PhD
10:35 – 11:55 AM

Case Studies in Protecting Patient’s Rights
Michael Koren, MD, CPI, FAPCR
Susan Greco, MD, MPH
Ernst Prentice, PhD
Robert Hardi, MD, CPI, FAPCR

11:55 AM – 12:30 PM Significant or Not: The Art of Adverse Events & Lab Abnormality Assessments
Robert Hardi, MD, CPI, FAPCR
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM Role of Statistics in Clinical Research
Michael Koren, MD, CPI, FAPCR
2:30 – 3:10 PM Challenges of Non-Traditional Trials
Susan Greco, MD, MPH
3:10 – 4:30 PM Winning at Research: Case Studies in Scientific, Legal & Business Strategies for 21st Century Success
Michael Koren, MD, CPI, FAPCR
4:30 – 4:45 PM Break
Research and Development and Legal Issues in Clinical Research
4:45 – 4:55 PM Evening Session Opening Remarks
4:55 – 5:25 PM Introduction to Research and Development
Michael Ybarra, MD
5:25 – 6:00 PM TBA
6:00 – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
Saturday, November 2, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast with Exhibitors
Hot Topics in Clinical Research
8:00 – 8:05 AM Saturday Welcoming Remarks
8:05 – 8:35 AM Current State of Clinical Research
Joan Chambers
8:35 – 9:05 AM The Roles of CROs in Clinical Research
9:05 – 9:35 AM Clinical Research Budgets – Stick to your Guns!
S. David Miller
9:35 – 10:05 AM Leveraging Social Media for the Recruitment of Patients
Gillian van Kleeff
10:05 – 10:35 AM Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
10:35 – 11:05 AM Blockchain Technology and Cyber Security for Clinical Trial Data
Mike Novotny
11:05 – 11:35 AM Pediatric Clinical Trials
Karen Freedle, MD, MPH
11:35 – 12:00 AM APCR Business Meeting
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 PM How to Achieve Diversity in Trial Enrollment
1:30 – 2:00 PM FDA Inspections
Bei Yu, PhD
Hot Trials in Various Therapeutic Areas
2:00 – 2:05 PM Session Overview
2:05 – 2:20 PM Hot Topics in the GI World
Harry Sarles, MD, FAPCR
2:20 – 2:35 PM TBA
Michael Koren, MD, FAPCR
2:35 – 2:40 PM Renal Protection in Heart Surgery: A Possible New Paradigm
Cara East, MD, FAPCR
2:40 – 2:55 PM Latest Research in Endocrinology
Ricardo Correa Marquez, MD, EsD, FAPCR
2:55 – 3:05 PM Refreshment Break
The Encore Clinical Research You May Have Missed, But Need to See: A Special Non-CME Session
3:05 – 4:25 PM More information about this session coming soon!
4:25 – 4:30 PM Closing Remarks/Meeting Adjourned

Agenda subject to change. Check back for updates.


The APCR roomrate is $169/night plus taxes for singles and doubles with a reduced resort fee of $10/night​. Call now and ask about suite upgrade pricing. The room rate is available until September 30, 2019 or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early, the room block will sell out.

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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate​
1500 Masters Boulevard
ChamptionsGate, FL 33896
Phone: (407) 390-6664
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Surrounded by 36 holes of championship Orlando golf, the Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters and 15 acres of recreation, this Four Diamond resort is one of the nation's premier golf, meeting and leisure retreats. Rooms are equipped with every modern convenience and a host of luxury amenities. In addition to walk-out golf, guests may choose to relax in the signature Mokara spa, dine in one of nine restaurants or enjoy 15 acres of pools and recreation activities including the 850-foot lazy river and Orlando's only resort wave pool.

In addition to the standard offerings of the hotel, APCR guests receive:

  • Discounted oversight self-parking
  • 10% discount on all Massage Treatment Services at the Mokara Spa
  • Omni Guest pricing at ChampionsGate Golf




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