Cowboy Up for CDISC

Amazing what you learn when you accept an invitation from an unknown group.

CDISC is an Ausitn-based collaborative group that devises global data standards for medical research. Think about it: You can read 100 studies on PTSD, for instance, but if they are not using the same language, what do you really learn?

Becky Kush and Clay Johnston at Cowboy Up for CDISC.

Well, CDISC is 15 years old and has attracted global attention in the research community. The Federal Drug Administration and its Japanese counterpart have adopted its standards. It will likely worked closely with the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas.

And yet — tell the truth — had you ever of it?

At Cowboy Up, a reception, really, more than a benefit, held at the Texas Medical Association building at West 15th Street and Guadalupe streets, every person we talked to shares some mind-boggling ideas.

One guest from Dallas told me about the things — like plastic liquid hand soap dispensers — that we recycle, but we shouldn’t because they are nearly impossible to reuse.

Executive director Becky Kush and others relayed more about CDISC.  Clay Johnston, dean of the new medical school, who came directly from an event with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, talked about the vast research possibilities out there for Austin.

An evening well spent. And I want to learn more.

Author: Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes writes about Austin's people, places, culture and history for the Austin American-Statesman and

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