B12 Medical affairs staff: Contributors to and communicators of peer-reviewed publications.

Medical affairs (MA) staff have a crucial role in communicating evidence-based information to healthcare professionals (HCPs) and an important role in gaining insights from HCPs to relate to medical researchers and their industry colleagues. MA staff need knowledge and appropriate skills in order to accomplish these goals. This session will present NEW evidence relevant to MA staff and will provide perspectives from the academic, industry, and publication sectors. Attendees will learn how the sectors need to collaborate to ensure high-quality, patient-oriented research is conducted and published in a timely manner.

Medical affairs staff have a crucial role in communicating evidence-based information to healthcare professionals. Much of that evidence comes from peer-reviewed publications, based on medical research supported or sponsored by the biopharmaceutical and device industries. Medical affairs staff also have an important role in gaining insights from healthcare professionals and communicating this information back to medical researchers and their industry colleagues. These insights may be catalysts for future research studies and publications. Specific attention will be focused on how well equipped (or not) medical affairs staff and medical researchers are to ensure effective and timely publication of clinical trial data. This session will present NEW evidence relevant to medical affairs and will provide perspectives from the academic, industry, and publication sectors. Attendees will be able to understand how the three sectors have to work together to ensure high-quality, patient-oriented medical research is conducted and published in a timely manner in order to enhance patient care.

Chairperson: Dr Beata Niechoda, Eli Lilly Australia and New Zealand