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Featured blog: Clinical trials in the twenty first century – highlights from ICTMC 2017

BioMed Central attended the 4th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) and the 38th Annual meeting for the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) in Liverpool at the beginning of May. This was the first time that the biannual ICTMC had been combined with the SCT meeting providing a platform for the discussion of topics covering every stage of clinical trial methodology. Here we look back at some of the highlights.


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    Authors: Lehana Thabane, Jinhui Ma, Rong Chu, Ji Cheng, Afisi Ismaila, Lorena P Rios, Reid Robson, Marroon Thabane, Lora Giangregorio and Charles H Goldsmith

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    Authors: Sarah Crowe, Kathrin Cresswell, Ann Robertson, Guro Huby, Anthony Avery and Aziz Sheikh

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BMC Medical Research Methodology is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in methodological approaches to healthcare research. Articles on the methodology of epidemiological research, clinical trials and meta-analysis/systematic review are particularly encouraged, as are empirical studies of the associations between choice of methodology and study outcomes. BMC Medical Research Methodology does not aim to publish articles describing scientific methods or techniques: these should be directed to the BMC journal covering the relevant biomedical subject area.


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Roberta W. Scherer, PhD, is Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis. She joined the editorial board of BMC Medical Research Methodology as Section Editor in 2015. 

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