Ongoing Events

Learn more about our recurring events below and check out our calendar for upcoming opportunities to participate in Center activities.

Student Events

Regulatory Science Doctoral Student Symposium

This annual event takes place at Harvard Business School and brings graduate student researchers from Harvard and MIT as we learn about current research topics in regulatory science. The goal of this event is to provide students with a chance to present their research in a friendly, supportive environment and to receive feedback from faculty and colleagues who are also interested in regulatory science-related questions. During this symposium, students will present on a variety of topics including economics, health policy, pharmaceutical R&D, data science, regulation, and bioethics. We are fortunate to be joined by faculty mentors from across Harvard who will moderate and provide their expertise during the day. Our faculty guests include Ariel Stern from HBS, Aaron Kesselheim from PORTAL, Florence Bourgeois from Boston Children’s Hospital, Josh Krieger from HBS, and Frank David from Pharmagellan.

Regsci Student-Faculty Mixer

Faculty, students, and trainees from Harvard schools, affiliated hospitals, MIT, BU, and Tufts interested in regulatory science gathered in the Modell Center Atrium at HMS on Oct. 16, 2018, to learn about the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science (CRS). The event featured CRS faculty including Ariel Stern, MA, PhD, from Harvard Business School and Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, from PORTAL and HMS. An overview of faculty research was provided, the CRS fellowship was discussed, and upcoming events were announced. Refreshments were served at this free event, which drew about 40 attendees. Students and trainees were impressed with the breadth of faculty research topics and were able to network with faculty and their student-trainee colleagues from other schools. Our feedback suggests that they were excited about the opportunities to engage with the Center, and the discussions prompted several students to volunteer to present at the Regulatory Science Student Symposium. Faculty attendees appreciated the opportunity to connect with their peers at other institutions and to interface with students interested in their research.

Innovators in Therapeutics Speaker Series

This guest lecture series is geared towards students and trainees in academia interested in learning about the challenges and successes of bringing novel drugs and devices to market. Join us to hear from senior industry experts about the challenges and successes of bringing novel drugs and devices to market. The event includes a networking session that brings together faculty, students, and trainees who are interested in translational research, pharmacology, biotechnology, and regulatory science.

Several previous guests include John Maraganore and Sarah Nochur, CEO and Head of Regulatory Affairs at Alnylam, and Stelios Papadopoulos, Chairman of the Board for Biogen.

Scientific Symposia and Seminars

Annual Symposium of the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science

The Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science hosts an annual meeting of the regulatory science community, an event which is now the Global Conference on Regulatory Science (link: ). This scientific meeting open to the entire community that aims to promote open, multi-stakeholder dialogue about important regulatory science challenges and advances. In addition to members of the Center, this conference includes broad participation from academia, regulatory agencies, industry, and patient advocates to share cutting edge research and discuss solutions to the most pressing issues in regulatory science.

[Agenda] 2020 Global Conference on Regulatory Science
[Agenda] 2019 Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science Annual Symposium
[Agenda] 2018 Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science Annual Symposium
[Agenda] 2017 Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science Annual Symposium

Regulatory Science Forum

The forum is a meeting of faculty and regulatory science contributors who come together to discuss emerging topics in regulatory science with a lunchtime presentation. In addition to the invited speakers listed below, regular participants include faculty from Harvard, MIT, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals as well as industry and government professionals. Expand to see past events:



Sept 24, 2019 (12pm-1:30pm): Regsci Forum (Jin Kuk Kim)
Oct 22, 2019 (12pm-1:30pm): Regsci Forum (Jessica Franklin)
Nov 22, 2019 (12pm-1:30pm): Regsci Forum (Matt Might)
Jan 24, 2020 (12pm-1:30pm): Regsci Forum (Fellows Showcase)
Feb 25, 2020 (12pm-1:30pm): Regsci Forum (Tianxi Cai)
May 19, 2020 (12pm-1:30pm): Regsci Forum (PanFab & iHP, Deb Plana & Avilash Cramer)


Date: Oct. 26, 2018
Speaker: Michael Sinha, MD, JD, MPH, Harvard-MIT CRS fellow
Title: Labeling changes and costs for clinical trials performed under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pediatric exclusivity extension, 2007-2012

Date: Nov. 27, 2018
Speaker: Frank David, founder and managing director, Pharmagellan
Title: Prices and other incentives in biomedical R&D

Date: Jan. 25, 2019
Speaker: Florence Bourgeois, MD, MPH, co-director, Harvard-MIT CRS
Title: Regulatory policies advancing rigorous evaluation of medicines for children

Date: Feb. 26, 2019
Speaker: Gigi Hirsch, MD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: From bigger data to smarter evidence

Date: March 22, 2019
Speaker: Andy Coravos, MBA, Elektra Labs
Title: Safe, effective, and ethical digital medicine

Date: April 23, 2019
Speaker: Lorenzo Trippa, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Title: Trial designs in Glioblastoma

Date: May 21, 2019
Speaker: Anthony Letai, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Title: Functional precision medicine