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ISOQOL Annual Conference

The ISOQOL Annual Conference brings together researchers, industry representatives from pharmaceutical, biotechnology and mobile health device fields, clinicians, patient research partners and regulatory officials from around the world. Students, new investigators, established professionals and late-career professionals all have a place at ISOQOL. During this conference attendees have the opportunity to attend and/or present in general scientific sessions. The numerous educational, collaborative and networking opportunities ensure value for attendees in any career stage.

Future Annual Conference Locations

2019 – San Diego, California, United States
Assessment, action and accountability: Achieving optimal patient-centered outcomes through quality of life research

2020 – Prague, The Czech Republic
2021 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Past Annual Conferences

25th Annual Conference
PROs in the digital age: New frontiers in research, policy and practice
24 – 27 October 2018
Dublin, Ireland
2018 Program
Abstract Supplement

24th Annual Conference
Embracing complexity: Using patient-reported outcomes to generate real world evidence
18 – 21 October 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2017 Program
Abstract Supplement

23rd Annual Conference
Successful strategies for dealing with the challenges in quality of life research
19 – 22 October 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 Program
Abstract Supplement

22nd Annual Conference
The matrix: Quality of life in social context
21 – 24 October 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2015 Program
Abstract Supplement

21st Annual Conference
Quality of life: Advancing measurement science and transforming healthcare
15 – 18 October 2014
Berlin, Germany
2014 Program
Abstract Supplement

20th Annual Conference
Energizing the science of quality of life research: Where have we been and where can we go?
9 – 12 October 2013
Miami, Florida, United States
2013 Program
Abstract Supplement

19th Annual Conference
The journey of quality of life research: A path towards personalized medicine
24 – 27 October 2012
Budapest, Hungary
2012 Program
Abstract Supplement

18th Annual Conference
Pushing the boundries: Frontiers of quality of life research
26 – 29 October 2011
Denver, Colorado, United States
2011 Program
Abstract Supplement

17th Annual Conference
Translating quality of life measurement into decision making
27 – 30 October 2010
London, United Kingdom
2010 Program
Abstract Supplement

16th Annual Conference
Integrating HRQOL in health care policy, research and practice
28 – 31 October 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
2009 Program

15th Annual Conference
Research and action: Toward good quality of life and equity in health
22 – 25 October 2008
Montevideo, Uruguay
2008 Program

14th Annual Conference
Health related QOL research: From measurement to understanding
10 –13 October 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2007 Program

13th Annual Conference
HRQOL research: Making an impact in the real world
10 – 14 October 2006
Lisbon, Portugal

12th Annual Conference
Building bridges to enhance quality of life
19 – 22 October 2005
San Francisco, California, United States
2005 Program

11th Annual Conference
16 – 19 October 2004
Hong Kong, China

10th Annual Conference
12 – 15 October 2003
Prague, The Czech Republic

9th Annual Conference
30 October – 2 November 2002
Orlando, Florida, United States

8th Annual Conference
7 – 10 November 2001
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

7th Annual Conference
29 – 31 October 2000
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

6th Annual Conference
3 – 6 November 1999
Barcelona, Spain

5th Annual Conference
15 – 17 November 1998
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

4th Annual Conference
5 – 8 November 1997
Vienna, Austria

3rd Annual Conference
24 – 27 October 1996
Manila, The Philippines

2nd Annual Conference
14 – 17 October 1995
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Inaugural Annual Conference
2 February 1994
Brussels, Belgium


ISOQOL Measuring What Matters Symposium

The first ISOQOL Measuring What Matters Symposium (MWM) took place July 2016. After two highly enriched and successful events, the symposium has become an annual event.

MWM is intended to be a more intimate event with fewer attendees and a more targeted focus than the ISOQOL Annual Conference. Though past MWM Symposia have taken place in the United States, future Symposia locations will depend on topic proposals. A call for topic proposals is released to the membership every August.

Future Measuring What Matters Symposium Topics and Locations

2020 – Washington, D.C., United States
Development and stakeholder perspectives of core outcomes sets

Past MWM Symposia

2nd Measuring What Matters Symposium
How should we be measuring functioning as a marker of clinical benefit in clinical trials?
23 – 24 July 2018
Washington, D.C., United States
2018 Program

Inaugural Measuring What Matters Symposium
Bridging industry regulatory needs with what matters to patients and clinicians
25 – 26 July 2016
Washington, D.C., United States
2016 Program

Upcoming ISOQOL Events

26th Annual Conference

Assessment, action and accountability: Achieving optimal patient-centered outcomes through quality of life research
San Diego, California, United States
20 – 23 October 2019

3rd Measuring What Matters Symposium

Development and stakeholder perspectives of core outcomes sets
Washington, D.C., United States
27 – 28 July 2020

27th Annual Conference

Prague, The Czech Republic
21 – 24 October 2020

28th Annual Conference

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
13 – 16 October 2021

Upcoming ISOQOL Education Courses

Introduction to Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes

Theory, Measurement and Applications
26th Annual Conference
San Diego, California, United States

20 October 2019

Introduction to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) for the Pharma/Biotech Industry

Informed Decision Making for Regulators, Payers, Prescribers and Patients
26th Annual Conference
San Diego, California, United States

20 October 2019

Introduction to Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes

Theory, Measurement and Applications
2019 CanPROS Congress
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
13 November 2019

Introduction to Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes

Theory, Measurement and Applications
Measuring PROMs “Down Under”
Sydney, NSW, Australia

22 July 2020

Upcoming Partner/Affiliate Events

2019 CanPROS Congress – A Catalyst for Whole-Person Care
NOVEMBER 13-15, 2019 – Hilton Garden Inn Calgary 

The goal of the conference will be to evaluate the impact of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROS and PREMS) on physician experience, research challenges, impact on the health care policy, and importantly, patient outcomes in cancer care delivery. The interactive meeting program has been designed to provide a number of learning objectives, as the premiere Canadian open scientific forum to submit current research for oral and poster abstract sessions.

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Catch the Wave 2019: PHO Conference

The PROMIS Health Organization (PHO) conference following the ISOQOL conference will take place on 24-25 October at the Kona Kai Resort, just ten minutes from the Sheraton Hotel.

This conference will focus on the use of PROMIS® health measures by researchers, clinicians and hospital administrators who are using PROMIS® to incorporate the patient’s voice in evaluating and improving health outcomes. Researchers from around the globe will share best practices for the development, translation, evaluation, and utilization of the PROMIS®. Information will be presented in a two-day format comprised of workshops, plenary sessions, concurrent oral presentations, poster walks and informal networking opportunities for attendees.

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Affiliate Event: 6th International SAYKAD Quality of Life Meeting

The Turkish Society of Quality of Life (SAYKAD), an ISOQOL affiliate, is hosting their 6th International Congress in Izmir, Turkey on 21-23 November 2019. The main theme of the meeting is: “Implementation of Quality of Life into Clinical Practice.” Along with a carefully selected balance of post main, parallel clinical symposia and excellent workshops and didactic lectures provided by SAYKAD, this promises to be an exceptional congress.

The meeting is planned for three days. Following the pre-congress workshops, the main program will take place in the next two days.

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Scientific Program


The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.