NISS-Merck Virtual Meet-up: "Applications of Real World Data"

April 1, 2019 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and Merck are sponsoring a second virtual meet-up on the topic of real world data (RWD). This second meet-up, a sequel to the first one held on October 4, 2018 (1st NISS-Merck meet-up on RWD), will focus on examples of using RWD.  

RWD has become an important source for addressing medical and health related questions. Various types of RWD, such as claims, electronic health records, surveys, and digital data, provide great opportunities for successful partnerships between academia and business, industry, and government organizations. In this meet-up we will hear examples of how experts have examined the nature of RWD, have analyzed RWD, and have used findings from their research to answer important real-world questions.

This is also the sixth in a series of NISS - Merck sponsored virtual meetings.  For more information and to review the presentations from previous meet-ups please see the news story NISS-Merck Meet-ups on a Roll!

Below are links to the slides.  Speakers are listed below as well and a recording of the complete conversation.



The agenda for the meet-up is as follows:

Welcome from NISS (Dan Holder - Executive Director, Merck)


Mark Levenson, FDA

"The Use of Real-World Data and Real-World Evidence at the US FDA: Recent Initiatives and Activities"

David Madigan, Columbia University

"Massive analysis of RWD: a new paradigm for observational studies"

Elizabeth Stuart, Johns Hopkins

"Opportunities for, and complexities of, using real-world data for non-experimental comparison group designs"


Connection Information

You can join the meet-up by logging into the WebEx link on the right at 10:45 AM EDT on April 1. There is a limit of 500 lines.

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: 743 848 774

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 3-question 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
Merck & Co., Inc.




Virtual Meet-up
Time: 11:00 am -12:15 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 743 848 774
Event password: NISS2019