Atlantic City, NJ— Medical researchers from around the world met here for the first meeting of the Association for Patient-Oriented Research (APOR). Showcased at the conference were a diversity of research topics, including hypertension, obesity, cancer, immunology, and neurology, all of which involve the observation and study of human subjects.
The APOR formed last year to revitalize interest and participation in clinical research carried out with patients by physician-scientists. As David Robertson, MD, professor of medicine, pharmacology, and neurology at Vanderbilt University and the APOR's president, explained in his opening address, the purpose of the APOR is to "foster the science of patient-oriented research, to cultivate innovation and creativity in hypothesis-driven investigation, and to create and embrace new technology required to do our job well."
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