By David M. Waterhouse, MD, MPH
There are many challenges that research teams face in the conduct and management of oncology clinical trials. From trial recruitment challenges to administrative and regulatory burdens—each trial has a unique set of barriers that researchers must overcome. For the past several years I have been able to share my journey through the clinical trial landscape and learn a tremendous amount from my peers and other experts at ASCO’s Research Community Forum (RCF) Annual Meeting.
Since 2012, the ASCO RCF has provided a unique venue for physician investigators and research staff from all types of research sites, including community and academic-based sites, to come together. I am pleased to announce early registration is now open for this year’s meeting. With the theme Working Smarter. Working Together., this year’s meeting will be another incredible opportunity to engage with research champions throughout the field to develop solutions to common challenges with conducting and managing oncology clinical trials.
The meeting will take place on September 22-23, 2019, at ASCO’s headquarters in the greater Washington, DC area.
Participants will hear from presenters and panelists representing a variety of stakeholders involved in clinical trials during the meeting’s workshop and general sessions. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Richard Pazdur, MD, Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence. Other panelists and speakers include experts from the National Cancer Institute, FDA, US Oncology, Sarah Cannon, New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, Mayo Clinic, the Christiana Oncology Patient Advocate Committee for Clinical Trials, industry, along with many others.
In addition to hearing from peers and leaders in the field, meeting attendees will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country during two town halls, a networking event and small group discussions.
Day one of the meeting will feature a training workshop on audit readiness, a town hall forum to share experiences and strategies to overcoming challenges in conducting clinical trials, and a networking reception to make connections with peers and leaders in the field.
Day two begins with a keynote address from Dr. Pazdur and is followed by several sessions focused on topics such as leveraging technology, engagement strategies in trial accrual, and staffing and workload management strategies. The day will conclude with a second town hall to explore where research is headed and what the future holds for clinical trials.
You can also gain continuing education credits through the meeting and a group discount is available. Contact ASCO Research Community Forum staff for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to register early as spots are limited!
Dr. Waterhouse serves as chair of the ASCO Research Community Forum Steering Group and as co-chair of the Department of Clinical Research at Oncology Hematology Care.