Clinical Data Science

Clinical Data Science (CDS) is defined as the strategic discipline enabling data driven Clinical Research approaches and ensuring subject protection as well as the reliability and credibility of trial results. Clinical Data Science encompasses processes, domain expertise, technologies, data analytics and Good Clinical Data Management Practices essential to prompt decision making throughout the life cycle of Clinical Research.

Clinical Data Management (CDM) is responsible for the life cycle of clinical data from collection to delivery for statistical analysis in support of regulatory activities. CDM is primarily focusing on dataflows and data integrity (i.e. data is managed the right way). CDS expands the scope of CDM by adding the data meaning and value dimensions (i.e. data is credible and reliable). CDS also requires the ability to generate knowledge and insights from clinical data to support clinical research which requires different expertise, approaches and technologies.

Reflection Papers on the Evolution of Clinical Data Management to Clinical Data Science

  • Part 1 – The impact of the Clinical Research industry trends on Clinical Data Management (June 2019) – LINK
  • Part 2 – How technology will enable the evolution of CDM to Clinical Data Science (March 2020) – LINK
  • Part 3 – Evolution of CDM Role toward Clinical Data Science (August 2020) – LINK

Applied Clinical Trials (March 2020) – The Clinical Data Manager: A Roadmap for the FutureLINK (An article including insights from the SCDM Board)

Clinical Leader (September 2020), What Is Your AI Road Map To Revolutionize Drug Development?LINK (Insights from the Innovation Committee Chair)

We share the SCDM Vision:

“Leading innovative clinical data science to advance global health research and development”

Our Focus:

Clinical Data Science

Our Mission:

“Demonstrate SCDM Industry Thought-Leadership by defining SCDM roadmap toward Clinical Data Science”

Our Themes:

People, Process, Emerging Technologies, Regulations and Novel Clinical Research approaches

Authors of the Reflection Papers

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Sanjay Bhardwaj

Exec. Director and Global Head of Clinical Data Management, Allergan, an AbbVie company

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Catherine Celingant

Executive Director, Data Monitoring and Management, Pfizer

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Cat Hall

Vice President, Product Strategy, endpoint Clinical

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Patrick Nadolny

Chair of the SCDM Innovation Committee, Associate Vice President, Clinical Data Management and Programming, Allergan, an AbbVie company

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Inder Sachdeva

Portfolio Delivery Lead, Clinical Data Sciences & Safety, Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Ian Shafer

Partner, PwC

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François Torche

CEO, CluePoints

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Josh Wilson

Executive Director, Strategic Technology Advancement, Biometrics, Syneos Health

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Richard Young

Advocating the need for data management every day

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Demetris Zambas

Vice President and Global Head of Data Monitoring and Management, Pfizer

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