Utrecht/WHO Collaborating Centre for

Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation

November 15th, 2018

Winter meeting 9 + 10 January 2019

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation in collaboration with the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products, WHO will organise a Winter Meeting on 9 + 10 January 2019 for researchers in the field of pharmaceutical policy analysis and regulatory science. As in previous years, we have chosen to combine the opportunity for (young) researchers to discuss their work with peers on the first day with a central theme and key note lectures on the second day of the meeting.

On the first day of the meeting, submitted abstracts will be presented and discussed in the morning and afternoon (oral and poster presentations). Abstracts are not limited to the central theme of the second day; all research in the field of pharmaceutical policy analysis is eligible for submission. The focus of the sessions will be on methods used or proposed. At the end of the first day one of the Centre’s PhD students, Haggar Hilda Ampadu, will defend her thesis entitled “Evolving national pharmacovigilance systems in Africa”.

The second day of the meeting will focus on Access to medicines for children: clinical, policy and regulatory aspects as central theme.  When it comes to improve access to efficacious, safe and affordable medicines for children, one runs into many clinical, policy and regulatory debates. While nobody will be against improving access to our beloved little ones, the road towards innovative and sustainable access scenarios for pharmacotherapy in children is rather bumpy and long. Children are not just young adults is a widely accepted notion, but to translate this notion into action, reaching out and building sustainable paediatric therapy systems,  requires excellent science, but also vision and leadership. All this makes access to medicines for children a powerful, cross-cutting learning device for pharmaceutical policy and regulation.

The meeting will be closed by the inaugural lecture of Prof. dr. Aukje Mantel-Teeuwisse who will accept her appointment as professor of Pharmacy and Global Health.

More information including practical details can be found here.

Please send enquiries and abstracts to Tom Jacobs at uu.who.wintermeeting@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you in Utrecht in January!