2009 - St. Petersburg - Russia

2009 - St. Petersburg - Russia

Eighteenth meeting, 23-26 June, 2009

The PAGE 2009 meeting was hosted by the St. Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University and was held at the Hotel St. Petersburg.


View of the cruiser Aurora from the Hotel St. Petersburg (photograph: Pascal Girard)

PAGE meetings take place in an informal atmosphere with vivid scientific discussion. The meeting will start with the Welcome reception on Tuesday evening June 23. The scientific programme will start on Wednesday morning June 24 and will end at noon on Friday June 26. Participants are encouraged to attend all conference days and present their work in the form of an oral presentation or poster. Participants are explicitly encouraged to contribute work that focusses on applications in clinical practice. 

The program plus abstract titles and oral abstracts can be downloaded as a single document (pdf) and all poster abstracts can be downloaded as a single document (pdf).

Main components of the program:

  • The Lewis Sheiner Student Session
    The annual Lewis Sheiner Student Session was inaugurated, both to honour the memory of Lewis Sheiner and to highlight his lifetime passion for student education. Students who wish to be considered for this session should submit an extended abstract (equivalent to 2 pages of typed A4) of their intended presentation for the PAGE meeting. The submitted work must have been performed either as part of an MSc or PhD programme and/or will ultimately form part of a PhD thesis. Each year a rotating committee of three members, representative of the PAGE community, will judge who should receive the honour of presenting in the Lewis Sheiner Student Session. If elected, the student will automatically receive a PAGE-sponsored 300 euro travel grant (on top of potential other grants, see below). A permanent list of students, with links to their presentation, will be maintained on the web site.
  • The Stuart Beal Methodology Session
    As a tribute to Stuart Beal, the organising committee has instituted the Stuart Beal Methodology Session. The organising committee will choose presenters from the abstracts submitted under the category "Oral presentation: Methodology".
  • Tutorial
    A tutorial on optimal design will be presented by Valeri Fedorov and France Mentré.
  • Are children small adults?
    A special session will be organised on extrapolation from adults to children using allometric principles (pros and cons) with speakers Catherijne Knibbe, Brian Anderson and Willem de Winter, chaired by Nick Holford.
    A presentation on novel estimation methods in NONMEM VII will be given by Bob Bauer.


Registration Procedure
Your personal details (address etc) are still available if you have registered at the PAGE website before. Please keep our database up to date by editing your existing profile if required! If you've forgotten your password, a reminder can be requested automatically from the website by e-mail. If you've forgotten your password and changed your e-mail address then please contact Rik Schoemaker (Rik Schoemaker). If you update your information, an automatic e-mail will be sent to you; if you do not receive this mail then please re-check your e-mail address. If you have never visited this website before, you need to fill in your personal details first and then log in again to register for the meeting.

Hotel reservation and payment of fees using a secure server is only possible at the Monomax local organisers web-site. You will receive a link, login code and password by e-mail in due course to log into the Monomax web-site registration system. This allows us to synchronise our two servers and minimises the need for you to re-enter your initial details.

Registration fees
Registration fees are 450 euros for participants from industry, 250 euros for academics and non-profit participants and 50 euros for students. Fees include coffee, tea and lunch on all days except Friday June 26, the welcome reception on June 23 and admission to the social event on June 25. Accompanying persons can attend the social event for a fee of 150 euro.

Satellite meetings
Several events will be held before and after the PAGE meeting:

  • A Satellite Symposium on Predictive Modelling will take place on Tuesday 23 June from 12.30 - 17.30 h. Click herefor the program. There are no fees for the Satellite Symposium, but formal registration is required. Due to limited venue capacity, attendance will be restricted to a maximum of 150 participants on first come-first served basis. Please confirm your interest in attending the symposium by email, as indicated in the programme.
  • A hands-on course on Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic modeling of continuous and categorical data in NONMEM for intermediate and advanced users will be presented by Mats Karlsson and Uppsala colleagues from June 21 to 23 (see www.uppsala-pharmacometrics.com)
  • Mango Solutions will present a 2 day workshop entitled “R for Pharmacometrics” on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2009.  Designed and presented by Richard Pugh, this training course will teach the basic concepts of the R language using familiar PKPD data and tasks.  The training then progresses to more advanced functionality invaluable to pharmacometricians, such as importing and graphing NONMEM information, simulation-based analyses and modelling.  This will be a hands-on training course, using exercises and interactive sessions in order to reinforce skills gained.  Every course attendee will also qualify for 3 months of consultative R support from Mango Solutions. To register for this workshop, visit the information and registration page on the Mango Solutions website (http://www.mango-solutions.com/events/2009.html
  • A 1.5 day MONOLIX workshop presented by Marc Lavielle and France Mentré will be given at the Novotel Saint Petersburg on 22nd and 23rd of June 2009. The course is designed for both beginners in PK-PD modelling as well as more advanced ones. It will emphasize hands on training, with the participants working on their own computers with MONOLIX 3.1 (available in June 2009) that will include several new appealing features, including categorical and count data models, using a new efficient SAEM algorithm for discrete data and MLXTRAN for complex administrations and multiple compartments. For more information and for registration, see http://software.monolix.org/trainings.php.
  • A two-day workshop entitled "Binary and Categorical Data Modelling, Analysis and Simulation using NONMEM®" will be presented by Adrian Dunne from June 22 to 23 (see www.tacatraining.com)
  • PODE 2009 is a workshop on the theory of optimum experimental design for non-linear mixed effects models and its applications in drug development. The workshop will take place on Saturday June 27. For details, see http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~bb/PODE/PODE.html

Social events
The welcome reception will be on Tuesday evening (June 23) and the social event will take place on Thursday evening (June 25).


To register, click on 'Register/submit abstract' under St. Petersburg, Russia on the left hand-side menu. An e-mail will be sent to you confirming the submitted details. Following this intial confirmation notice, you will receive a link, password and login code to complete the registration at the Monomax web-site in due course. This procedure will facilitate the management of our registration list. Note that your registration is not final until you have completed the payment at the Monomax website. A waiting list is available if registration exceeds current meeting capacity. You will be automatically put on the waiting list if the organisers have not received payment by April 1, 2009. A registration is not transferrable to a colleague or friend.

Visas, hotel reservation and payment
For the first time in PAGE history, virtually all participants will be required to obtain a visa for visiting St. Petersburg. As these matters may take considerable time, the organisers have decided to move forward all usual deadlines by two weeks. Monomax will be able to assist you with obtaining a visa. You will find all details about visas, hotel reservation and payment of registration fees on the Monomax web-site. Monomax will provide support documents needed for visa application, free of charge for all PAGE participants and accompanying persons attending social events, and for the fee of 50 euros  for other accompanying persons.

Abstract Submission
In order to facilitate review of abstracts and to aid in a more structured presentation of posters, a number of categories has been created:

- Oral Presentation: Lewis Sheiner Student Session
- Oral presentation: Pediatrics
- Oral Presentation: Clinical Applications
- Oral Presentation: Design
- Oral Presentation: Methodology
- Oral Presentation: Other topics
- Poster: Applications- Anti-infectives
- Poster: Applications- Biologicals/vaccines
- Poster: Applications- Coagulation
- Poster: Applications- CNS
- Poster: Applications- CVS
- Poster: Applications- Endocrine
- Poster: Applications- Oncology
- Poster: Applications- Other topics
- Poster: Methodology- Algorithms
- Poster: Methodology- Design
- Poster: Methodology- Model evaluation
- Poster: Methodology- PBPK
- Poster: Methodology- Other topics
- Software demonstration

A category should be selected when submitting the abstract. For abstract submission click on 'Register/submit abstract', log in if necessary and click the link on the bottom of your personal info page. Submission of abstracts is only possible online through this website. Please follow these instructions carefully regarding format and length of the abstracts or download them in either Word/RTF or Adobe/PDF format. Abstracts that do not comply will require re-submission. Upon submission of an abstract, an e-mail will be sent to you with your abstract. This e-mail will also be sent to the committee responsible for peer review in the selected category and abstract-updates may be requested. Abstracts will remain invisible until release of the final program.

The size of the poster boards will accomodate an A0 portrait poster (118.9 cm high and 84.1 cm wide).

PAGE-Pharsight Student Sponsorship
Students who submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation may apply for sponsorship (of up to 500 euro, depending on the total number of submissions), by sending an e-mail (after submitting an abstract) to Rik Schoemaker (Rik Schoemaker). The deadline for requesting sponsorship coincides with the deadline for abstract submission: March 15, 2009. Students that want to qualify for a sponsorship should require hotel accommodation for the meeting and should bring proof of their academic status (a letter from their supervisor), to be presented at registration for the meeting. Applications for this sponsorship should be limited to students who have no other funding source (e.g. industrial funds, professional societies).

Deadline for Lewis Sheiner Student Session abstracts: MARCH 1 2009
Deadline for regular abstracts: MARCH 15 2009
Deadline for requesting Pharsight Student Sponsorship: MARCH 15 2009
Deadline for payment of registration fees: APRIL 1 2009

Software Demonstrations
Software companies, Academic Software Application Developers and Contract Research Organisations are welcome to present their products and services during PAGE. Please contact our conference secretariat for further details .

Conference secretariat
For matters related to the PAGE meeting:
Pam Paul/Angela Read

Payment of registration fees, hotel reservation, tourist information will be facilitated by the local event organiser (Monomax). The contact details and the link to the Monomax web site will be sent to you together with the confirmation of your registration.

Conference location:
Main Venue: St. Petersburg Hotel
5/2, Pirogovskaja Emb.
Additional  Venue for satellite events: Pavlov St. Petersburg State Medical University
6/8 Lev Tolstoy Street

Tourism site of St. Petersburg
www.saint-petersburg.com or www.spbru.ru/eng