Our biennial Signal Detection Conferences have built up a loyal following in the pharmacovigilance community since the first conference in 2001. It was a pleasure to see many familiar faces at last week’s 9th Signal Detection Conference, as well as to welcome many newcomers. The majority of delegates attended the pre-conference tutorial day, which had been redesigned to bring beginners right up to speed by start of the main conference.The first day of the main conference concentrated on true signal detection, starting with a thorough update from the EMA’s Aniello Santoro including GVP Module IX and the EudraVigilance Data Analysis System.A panel discussion on the final findings of the IMI PROTECT project included analysis of the delegates’ awareness and implementation of the PROTECT recommendations. Day 2 of the main conference was mainly concerned with signal refinement and began with a useful presentation on triage from the MHRA’s Sarah Vaughan and also included a talk from Harvard’s Shirley Wang on TreeScan plus propensity score methods for signal detection. An entertaining Rapid Fire session showcased some lesser known aspects of signal detection.
We look forward to welcoming delegates to our 10th Signal Detection conference in 2019! In the mean time, watch this space for news of our new Big Data conference in 2018!