NISS-Merck Meet-Up on Adaptive Trials for Drug Development

January 15, 2020 11-12:30 pm EDT

The National Institute of Statistical Science (NISS) and Merck are sponsoring a Virtual Meet-Up on Adaptive Trials for Drug Development.

Adaptive clinical trials use accruing data to make changes in the ongoing trial. Changes based on early information can increase efficiency, by limiting resources to likely failures and increasing them for promising interventions. Such changes are also likely to be beneficial from the patients’ perspective. Although adaptive trials have been part of drug development for about 30 years, there is still some confusion over the best ways to utilize them.  In this meet-up we will discuss some of the guidelines for adaptive trials and explore some of the ways they are being used effectively today.


The agenda for the meet-up is as follows:

Vladimir Dragalin, (Janssen)

 "Thoughts on ICH E20 EWG on Adaptive Clinical Trials"

QiQi Deng, (Boehringer-Ingelheim)

 "Two stage adaptive design in dose ranging studies and the alternatives"

Scott Berry, (Berry Consultants)

 "Master protocols & platform trials"


Audio Conference Information

You can join the meet-up by logging into the WebEx link below at 10:55 AM EDT on Jan 15, 2020. There is a limit of 500 lines.
Event number: 746 290 534
Event password: NISS2020

Upon logging in, you will receive audio via the “Audio Broadcast.” This is a separate window that will automatically appear when you join the WebEx. You have the choice of connecting audio through the computer, having the system call you, or calling in yourself.

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Access code: 746 290 534

Except for speakers/panelists, the audio line for all participants will be muted upon entry and will remain muted throughout the event. Even though the lines are muted, you can chat with other attendees by using the “Q&A” panel. You can type your comment in the text box and select whom you want the message to go to. We ask you to please be respectful when preparing your comments.  If you can’t access WebEx, you can connect by using the phone number and the access code given above for the WebEx.

We hope you will be able to join the meet-up. For those who can attend, we invite you to fill out a brief survey at the end of the meeting to help us better plan future meet-up events.

Event Type


Merck & Co., Inc.


National Institute of Statistical Sciences
National Institute of Statistical Sciences




Virtual Meet-up
Time: 11:00 am -12:15 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 746 290 534
Event password: NISS2020
United States