I-ACT For Children's External Advisory Committee

The Purpose of the External Advisory Committee

I-ACT’s External Advisory Committee provides high level strategic advice and guidance to the Institute.  The committee has broad representation from the pediatric clinical trials ecosystem (e.g. academia, industry, specialty networks, research administrators, parents, etc.) as well as representatives with unique expertise including leaders in clinical and translational science, bioethics and biomedical innovation across all age groups. The Committee will formally meet twice a year, but will form subcommittee/working groups that will meet as needed.

External Advisory Committee Goals

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The commitee's scope is exclusively pre-competitive work and includes activities such as:

  • Gaps and challenges in pediatric clinical trials
  • Scientific and educational priorities
  • Patient engagement approaches and methodologies
  • Collaboration opportunities with other pediatric networks and other stakeholders
  • Innovation in trial design and efficiency
  • Adoption of new technology and/or innovative scientific methods
  • Global interface and collaboration
  • New opportunities and challenges

Recent Highlights

External Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

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Jonathan Davis, MD, FAAP

  • Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University
  • Vice Chair and Chief of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Tufts University
  • Co-Director of the International Neonatal Consortium (INC)
  • Chair of FDA Neonatal Advisory Committee
  • Director, Trial Innovation Center at the Tufts’ CTSA Hub
  • Council Member, American Pediatric Society
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Pamela Simpkins, MBA

  • Senior Director of Strategy in the Child Health Innovation Leadership Department in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Co-chair of Pediatric Trials Consortium (PTC)

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