Welcome to the 13th Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology (ACPE 2021)! The exciting program prepared by the organizing committee advances ISPE's shared goals of promoting pharmacoepidemiologic science and building our network of members. The scientific program of ACPE 2021 focuses on emerging issues in the area of pharmacovigilance. The program is highlighted by exciting plenary speakers, including Professors Byung-Joo Park, Sebastian Schneeweiss, and Brian Strom, who are outstanding leaders in our field. There will be important symposia on a number of important topics such as methods to expand pharmacovigilance and drug safety, assess heterogeneity in multi-database pharmacoepidemiologic studies, generate real-world evidence on COVID-19-related pharmacoepidemiology studies, and evaluate the safety of COVID-10 vaccines in Asia-Pacific regions. Moreover, there are diverse offerings of pre-conference educational courses, oral abstract sessions, and poster presentations. Together, these sessions afford opportunities to share important data from pharmacoepidemiologic studies in the Asia-Pacific region, engage in scientific discussions, and develop new collaborations to help to advance our field. I especially hope that students and early-stage investigators will be inspired by these sessions and become more deeply involved in our Society.

I would like to congratulate the organizers of ACPE 2021, particularly the International Steering Committee Co-Chairs Drs. Frank May and Soko Setoguchi-Iwata, for preparing such a superb program and for their tremendous efforts in bringing this new hybrid-learning scientific program to fruition in Seoul. I would also like to extend special thanks to Jung-Won Park, President of the Korean Society for Pharmacoepidemiology and Risk Management (KoPERM), Co-chair of the Conference, as well as Nam-Kyong Choi and Jae-Hyun Lee and other members of the Local Host Committee for their support and leadership, and the many contributors to the excellent scientific program. I hope that you will enjoy the conference and continue to build your professional and social network within the fantastic ISPE community.



On behalf of the local organizing committee of ACPE 2021 and the Korean Society for Pharmacoepidemiology and Risk Management (KoPERM), we are delighted to invite you to attend the ISPE's 13th Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology (ACPE 2021) and 28th Conference of KoPERM (KoPERM 28), which will be jointly held at COEX, Seoul, South Korea, on October 13th - 15th, 2021.

The scientific program of ACPE 2021 will be developed under the emerging issues associated with the clinical and research field of pharmacovigilance. You will have an opportunity to learn and exchange not only outstanding academic insights but also professional contacts with your colleagues.

We are very pleased to have you join us and look forward to seeing you at ACPE 2021.

Thank you.