February 5-9, 2018

Tufts CSDD's 45th Annual Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development and Regulation

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Boston, MA
February 5-9, 2018

Tufts CSDD’s highly acclaimed, CME accredited, five-day Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development and Regulation provides advanced instruction in practical and technical problem-solving in the areas of clinical pharmacology, drug development & clinical trial strategies, biopharmaceutical development, drug safety, and new drug regulation. During an exclusive Q&A session with a senior FDA official, participants will receive first-hand insights into FDA priorities and operations, and will emerge with a better understanding of the regulatory process. 


  • Physicians, pharmacists, marketing executives, clinical researchers, nurses, analysts, investors and any professional working with or in the research-based drug industry.  
  • Professionals looking to begin work in the pharma or biotech sectors, and are seeking comprehensive and foundational industry knowledge and training.
  • Individuals employed by regulatory agencies, academic institutions, outsourcing providers, consultancy firms, niche service providers, and other organizations involved in the research, development, and regulation of pharmaceutical products.​   


"Taking the Tufts course was a tremendously beneficial experience for me. I'm so grateful to have learned so much and met such wonderful colleagues. You created a fantastic roster of speakers and presentations."

“Being new to the industry I appreciated that all the presentations provided excellent background information before examining each topic in more depth.”

“The Regulation overview for US, EU, Japan, and China were extremely useful. The presentation captured essential knowledge for those areas.”

“The mock drug groups activity was very helpful because it brought together a handful of people from different backgrounds and professions. It encouraged team-building and communication - two things that are very much needed in the work field.”


The CSDD Postgraduate Course is designed to provide students with a broad and comprehensive understanding of issues related to the development and regulation of drugs, biologics, vaccines, devices, and in vitro diagnostics. Lectures focus on basic drug development topics - such as translational medicine, clinical pharmacology, epidemiology, drug regulation, and adverse drug event reporting - as well as broader - such as pharmacoeconomics, drug-device combinations, biosimilars, working with investigative sites, and drug marketing.

Educational Objectives for CME - at the conclusion of the activity, participants will be able to:

  • Clinical Pharmacology: Integrate the relevant pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and statistics related to drug development and the nature of evidence required for proof of efficacy and safety.  
  • Drug Development and Clinical Trials: Using a case-study approach, identify and solve practical, theoretical, and technical problems in human drug studies, and analyze an experimental design for a new drug candidate. 
  • Regulation: Evaluate the science, laws, and regulations pertaining to the development and review of new drug products in the USA, Europe, Japan and other pharmaceutical markets.


  • Advance Registration: $4,795 (Expires Dec. 1, 2017)
  • Advance Sponsor Rate: $4,595 (Expires Dec. 1, 2017)
  • Academic/Government/Non-profit Rate: $2,995
    • Discounted rate for groups of 3 or more, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 617-636-2170 for more information.

Secure Online Registration

Group Registration (3 or more) $TBD


Course lectures will be held at the The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel at 138 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116. A block of rooms has been reserved for course participants at a preferred rate of $199 USD/night for a Deluxe Room (Queen bed) or $239 USD/night for a Fairmont Room (King bed or two Double beds). These rooms will be available at this preferred rate until January 12, 2018.

Attendees should call the The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Reservation line directly at (617) 267-5300, and be sure to mention the Tufts CSDD Postgraduate Course to obtain the preferred room rate.

Maps and Directions to the hotel.