MDICx Webinar Series

Check out the webinar series from MDIC!

MDIC presents an informative series of online teleconference workshops featuring emerging trends in medical technology regulatory science, MDIC projects and subject matter experts sharing perspectives, progress and opportunities.

The last webinar was focused on using patient preference for setting alpha and beta error levels in clinical trials.


November 17, 2017 – Patient values and P-Values: Exploring a new method for developing patient-centered clinical trials

Using patient preference information to set the significance level and power of a clinical trial can maximize the value of a clinical trial based on the relative importance of benefit and risk outcomes to a specific patient population. The explicit incorporation of patient preferences into clinical trial design will address the longstanding conundrum that, in an enterprise devoted to easing the burden of disease, the afflicted currently have no input into the process. By designing clinical trials that reflect patients’ urgency and risk tolerance, scarce resources can be allocated more efficiently, bringing more therapies to more patients faster and more efficiently.

The webinar speakers recently published an article on using the CDRH obesity patient preference study to set the statistical design for a hypothetical clinical trial. This retrospective analysis informs the ongoing MDIC project to use patient preferences to inform the design of Parkinson’s Disease clinical trials.


More about MDIC

MDIC is the only public-private partnership (PPP) focused exclusively on the strategic needs of the medical device ecosystem. MDIC is designed to create a collaborative environment where the industry, nonprofit organizations, and government can work together to advance pre-competitive medical device research so that the medical device community can keep pace with the needs of patients in the United States in a more timely manner.

2018 Young Investigator Travel Award: Due January 10, 2018

The Hydrocephalus Association requests applications for:

Young Investigator Travel Award

2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus

Applications are being solicited by the Hydrocephalus Association for the Young Investigator Travel Awards to attend the 2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus. The 2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus is a biennial event that brings together renowned clinicians, scientists, and the hydrocephalus patient community. This award encourages young hydrocephalus researchers to attend the National Conference, meet individuals affected by the condition and their families, interact with leading clinicians and scientists, and improve their understanding of hydrocephalus and the needs of this community.

2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus
June 28-30, 2018
Irvine Marriott Hotel


Award recipients will be required to attend:

  • Day one of the National Conference (June 28, 2018).
  • A grant writing workshop at the National Conference; and
  • The opening reception at which you will present your poster.

Application Details

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a Young Investigator1 at the time of application submission.
  • Be actively conducting hydrocephalus research in the United States or Canada.
  • Be a member of the Hydrocephalus Association Network for Discovery Science.

To create a HANDS account, please visit:

Application Components:
Please click here to access the application.

Completed applications are due January 10th, 5:00 pm (local time) 2018