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Research Ethics Grand Rounds Panel Discussion: "Benefits and Challenges of Pragmatic Trials for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"

Date: December 14, 2022

Time: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location: OMC 241, Online - Register for Zoom link

Research Ethics Grand Rounds Panel Discussion: Benefits and Challenges of Pragmatic Trials for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, 12-1 p.m. CT

Lunch will be served at this noontime lecture. Please register to attend in-person using the link above for an accurate catering headcount. Register for the Zoom link by clicking the link after the speaker names.

Pragmatic trials are different from conventional clinical trials because pragmatic trials are embedded within ongoing clinical care in a healthcare setting. When they work well, pragmatic trials open recruitment to a much broader group of people, which increases likelihood of diversity in age, gender, and ethnicity among its research participants. Pragmatic trials are not without their challenges, however. Burden is placed on clinicians to participate in additional trainings and follow research protocols while continuing to interact with their patients. On the other side, research participants (or their caregivers) may be asked to give up an element of control in their care as part of the participation process.

What do pragmatic trials look like for research participants who have intellectual or developmental disability, or the healthcare providers who serve them? Once the trial has started, how does the trial evolve as more information comes to light? Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 12-1 p.m. as we chat with three Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers who are currently facilitating a pragmatic trial in their practices.


  • Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development; Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics; Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division
  • Angie Maxwell-Horn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D., Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Pharmacology, and Special Education
  • Sarika Peters, Ph.D. (Moderator), Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

This lecture will have a virtual option. Register here for the Zoom link.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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