PHASTAR recently attended the ACDM conference in Brussels. The programme was full and interesting, with plenty of scope for questions and discussion throughout the day.
There was some time spent reminiscing and reflecting, since two of the presentations covered developments in Clinical Data Management and Coding over the last 30 years. Taking the time to think back over the changes in the scale and complexity of clinical trials over that timescale, and of course the technological and regulatory advancements in our discipline, was fascinating. We learnt that coding as we know it today originated with Dr Napke in the 1970s, organising pharmacovigilance reports in pigeonholes.