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2012 Spring Meeting Event -- Cosbie Lecture

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Robert Califf as the 2012 "Cosbie Lecturer". The title of Dr. Califf's talk is "The American Clinical Trials Enterprise: Are We Reaching the Tipping Point for Transformation?"

The Cosbie Lecture is scheduled for Saturday, 28 April 2012 at 5:00 pm at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. We encourage all Spring Meeting participants to attend this important lecture.

Dr. Califf, Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research, Director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI), and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, leads a multifaceted organization focused on the transformation of how discoveries are translated into improved health outcomes. Prior to his role at DTMI, he was the founding Director, Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), a premier academic research organization. He is the editor-in-chief of American Heart Journal, the oldest cardiovascular specialty journal.

Dr. Califf completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1973, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978, he graduated Duke University Medical School, where he was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing internship and internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, he returned to Duke for a fellowship in cardiology.

As the founder and Director of DCRI for a decade, Dr. Califf led many landmark clinical trials in cardiovascular disease. A leader in clinical research, DCRI collaborates extensively with government agencies, global academic partners, foundations and biotech, pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostics companies to execute clinical trials in a myriad of therapeutic arenas. He remains actively involved in the leadership, design, and execution of multinational clinical trials.

Dr. Califf currently serves as the co-chair of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, a public private partnership focused on improving the clinical trials system, and as the Chair of the Clinical Research Forum, an organization of academic health and science system leaders focused on the improvement of the clinical research enterprise. A member of the National Advisory Council on Aging, he also serves on the Secretary's Advisory Council on Human Research Protections for the US Health and Human Services Department.

More information about the Cosbie Lecture, about Dr. W.G. Cosbie after whom the lecture was named, and a listing of past lecturers can be found at