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Clinical trials design in the age of precision medicine

Chair: Daiana Stolz (Basel, Switzerland) Speaker: Dave Singh (Manchester, United kingdom)

It is increasingly understood that many disease entities are complex and heterogeneous. As a result, not all patients suffering from a disease (e.g. asthma) respond similarly to potential treatments. Therefore, there is a need for the development of precision medicine interventions. Examples of diseases requiring personalised treatment approaches range across the respiratory field and include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension. To address these needs, clinical trial designs are evolving over time and a good understanding of newer designs is crucial for health professionals, who need to critically appraise new knowledge, and also for clinical researchers, who need to use the most effective trial designs to maximise research impact and minimise costs.

Educational aims

  • How could clinical trial designs be used to test precision medicine interventions?
  • When is it beneficial to use newer clinical trial designs?
  • Strengths and limitations of newer clinical trial designs.


  • Lecture
  • Case-based discussion: Critical appraisal of published trials utilizing novel designs.
  • Suggested material for further study


  • Precision medicine trials design.
  • Master protocols.
  • Adaptive trials design.
  • Pragmatic clinical trial designs

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the strengths and limitations of novel clinical trial designs for trials evaluating precision medicine interventions.
  • List and critically appraise the methods and findings of clinical trials utilising novel designs.
  • Identify the need for novel clinical trial designs in future clinical research projects.

CME credit:

ERS has applied for an accreditation of this webinar by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP), 1 CME credit per 1-hour attendance. In case of acceptance, CME credit will be granted upon attendance during the LIVE webinar. Accreditation results will be presented here in the upcoming days.

What is a webinar?

The webinar closely simulates a lecture-based teaching experience. The speaker can interact with the audience, just as in a classroom setting.

This webinar comprises 45-minute lecture followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer sessions. During the webinar you will be asked to share your opinion on issues related to the topic using interactive polls.

All participants will be able to hear the lecturer and see the slides throughout the presentation. As a participant you will be able to pose questions or discuss ideas with the other participants via the text chat facility and the speaker will respond to the questions via the microphone.

Login guidelines

More information will be communicated in due course.

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Target Audience

  • Adult Pulmonologist/Clinician
  • Clinical Researcher
  • General Practitioner
  • Nurse
  • Paediatrician
  • Scientist (basic, translational)

Diseases / Methods

Airway diseases
Interstitial lung diseases
Paediatric respiratory diseases
Pulmonary vascular diseases
Respiratory critical care
Respiratory infections
Sleep and breathing disorders
Thoracic oncology