The NHMRC Medicines Intelligence Centre of Research Excellence (MI-CRE) recently hosted its 3rd annual MI-CRE Research Symposium and Policy Forum. This year’s theme Putting our foot to the floor: Mobilising data to accelerate real-world evidence generation featured presentations and panel discussions with policy-makers, researchers, and consumers. The plenary session: Turbocharging real-world evidence generation for policy-makers: Lessons from Australia’s first national COVID19 vaccine effectiveness study included:
The event was capped off with a special guest presentation by world-renowned pharmacoepidemiologist, Professor Samy Suissa, Distinguished James McGill Professor from McGill University, Canada. His presentation Observational studies of new indications for old drugs: The good, the bad and the ugly addressed the issue of immortal time bias in pharmacoepidemiology and how this can lead to wasted resources funding poorly evidenced RCTs.
Further information about the Symposium, including abstracts and recordings of the sessions are available on the MI-CRE website.
Read more: the recent Australian COVID-19 vaccination effectiveness study published in The Lancet.