SEPI: Science Talk: "Underfunded trials with disproportionately large impacts"

Target Audience

This workshop is open to all research faculty, nurses, coordinators, staff and trainees working on clinical research projects at Stanford University.


Dr. Sokol will discuss a small grant-funded trial: Vaginal mesh for prolapse: a randomized controlled trial (VAMP). The results of the VAMP trial identified problems with a device already on the market, and, in turn, led to FDA warnings and forced FDA-mandated post-market trials of the device for safety and efficacy. This workshop provides participants with background and knowledge to help them evaluate and understand small, underfunded trials and the impact they can have.

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Dr. Eric Sokol is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, an Assistant Professor of Urology, by Courtesy, and the Co-Chief, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Anthropology, Dr. Sokol went to medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, graduating with Distinction. Dr. Sokol spent his Residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, followed by his Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Brown Medical School, in Providence. Dr. Sokol joined the Department of OB/GYN at Stanford University in 2005, and in 2011, he became Co-Chief of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, which is at the forefront of the field Urogynecology.

Dr. Sokol’s research centers on the development and evaluation of cutting edge minimally invasive treatment modalities for incontinence and prolapse, including robotic surgery, the use of novel grafts, and the use of new injection therapies. Dr. Sokol has been involved in a number of large, multi-center trials of novel therapies, which have led to multiple presentations at national and international scientific meetings, publications in prestigious journals, such as the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The Journal of Urology, and a high level of research funding. Most recently, Dr. Sokol received the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons President’s Award for Outstanding Research in Gynecologic Surgery. He has been awarded the Patient’s Choice award for multiple years, as well as the Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

About SEPI

The Stanford Education Planning Initiative (SEPI) is a collaborative clinical research education working group with representatives from the Research Compliance Office, Spectrum Child Health, Stanford Cancer Institute, and Spectrum Operations, Training and Compliance.

Thursday, March 27, 2014. 1:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.0 hour(s).
Li Ka Shing, LK130 (Map)
Stanford Education Planning Initiative

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