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This year's Clinical Research Professionals' Data Management Conference brought 170 attendees to Honolulu, HI. Highlights from this year's conference included in-depth educational presentations on cytogenetics and acute and chronic gvhd, and for the first time ever, based on feedback from previous conference participants, there were two pediatric focused presentations. The pediatric presentations covered data submission for immunodeficiencies/PIDTC and neuroblastoma. For access to all 2016 presentations and related materials:  Click here.

We have already begun planning for next year's conference which will be held at the Gaylord Palms, in Orlando, Florida, February 21-22, 2017. Hope to see you there!
CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®) is a research collaboration between the National Marrow Donor Program®/Be The Match® and Medical College of Wisconsin.

NEW Data Back to Centers (eDBtC) - How to Use it

Erik Bergman, IT Director CIBMTR - Milwaukee, and Paul Gengler, Senior Programmer Analyst, CIBMTR - Milwaukee, received a favorable response from data managers after their presentation titled, "Data Sharing with eDBtC (enhanced Data Back to Centers) in Qlikview", at the 2016 meetings.
The CRP/DM audience was shown how to create, save and return to their own query within eDBtC, as well as the following highlights:
  • eDBtC will provide centers with the ability to visualize their CRF and TED data from 2008 to present in trends and descriptive statistics by selecting nearly 60 data dimensions and approximately 30 predefined filters.
  • Data and information are organized logically in tabs to enable users to more quickly find what they are looking for.
  • Centers can analyze 5-year overall survival as well as filter on additional outcomes, including aGVHD by grade, cGVHD by category, neutrophil engraftment and primary cause of death.
  • Data can be saved to Excel or exported to comma separated values file for further analysis and import into other databases or analytical tools.
  • While users will still be able to get the same Pre-TED and Post-TED data from the existing DBtC, they can also download their own center's source data used in the new, eDBtC.
The go-live for eDBtC will be in April of 2016. Additional data and filters will be added in subsequent enhancements over time. 

What is the Oral Abstracts process?

There have been some questions about how we determine which abstracts are selected for oral presentation at the Clinical Research Professionals' Data Management (CRP/DM) conference at the BMT Tandem Meetings. We'll try to answer all those questions here.

Requests to submit abstracts to the scientific and peripheral meetings held during Tandem is announced in the summer. After the abstract submission deadline, sometime in October, the abstracts are sent to the organizers of the specific meeting for which the abstract was submitted. Names and institutions of the abstract submitters are not included at this time.

Abstracts submitted to the CRP/DM Conference generally focus on projects implemented by centers to improve center efficiency or improve data quality. CRP/DM abstracts are reviewed by a committee of five people who independently read and rank each abstract. Reviewers have approximately one week to rank the abstracts. Individual reviewer rankings are then combined and the authors of the three abstracts with the highest ranking amongst all reviewers are invited to present their abstracts orally during the CRP/DM conference. The remaining abstract authors are invited to prepare a poster for the Poster Session.

This is an opportunity for data managers to highlight what they have accomplished at their institution, including tools they have used or developed.

Kay Gardner and Sharon Meiers
Oral Abstract award recipient at the 2016 Clinical Research Professionals' Data Management Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii

We're excited to announce this year's award for an exceptional presentation went to Lindsay Dozeman, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

Lindsay Dozeman
Lindsay's presentation was titled: "BMT Data Accuracy: Fulfilling Audits and Assuring Top Quality Data".
Finalists from left to right: 
Lindsay Dozeman, Heliz Regina A. Neves, Hospital de Clinicas - UFPR, BRASIL; Shannon McClenton, Connie Jackson, and Jennifer Chang from the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The materials for these presentations are found at the following links: