Greater Nashville Area

The SOCRA Greater Nashville Regional Chapter will offer the following program:

Research and the Role of Social Media

 Speaker:  Alexander Gelbard, MD.

Co-Director, Vanderbilt Center for Complex Airway Reconstruction

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


 898 J Preston Research Building

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Rare diseases comprise a small corner of healthcare when considered in isolation. However, rare diseases have long had a leading role in innovation and the advancement of medical science, largely because they have the potential to transform our understanding of human biology.  They present opportunities to learn from the extremes of human pathology, providing a window into both normal and aberrant physiology and helping to unravel the intricacies of human biology for the benefit of patients with both common and rare diseases

Despite the compelling human and scientific rationale for advancing care in rare disease, the geographical dispersal of patients, and the fragmented nature of the health care systems that care for them has limited substantive investigations.

Yet, disruptive technologic innovation in the form of social media has transformed the landscape of clinical trial recruitment, data collection, and structure. With 1000 enrolled patients over 12 months, the ongoing experience in North American Airway Collaborative’s (NoAAC: a multi-center clinical research infrastructure sponsored by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) trial in idiopathic subglottic stenosis (iSGS) offers insights into novel approaches subject recruitment, informed consent, subject retention, data collection, and protocol adherence.

Accreditation and Credit Designation:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Society of Clinical Research Associates.  Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure Statement:  It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity.  Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.

Commercial Support:  This educational activity received no commercial support. All course speakers indicated no financial relationships to disclose.

Attendance: Members and non-members welcome.  Please bring your lunch. For directions, please contact

CME: SoCRA has approved this program for 1.0 continuing education contact hour for members. Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

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