Clinical Trials Day 2024: A Call to Reflect, Engage & Inspire

Clinical Trials Day is a moving reminder of the clinical research community’s pivotal role in shaping the future of the field. It’s a day of reflection for us to thank you and also a call to action, urging us to actively engage in advancing clinical research to drive innovation, improve patient outcomes, and enhance healthcare.

In this article, we’ll reflect on the successes of our SOCRA Chapter Volunteers to demonstrate the vast possibilities we can uncover together. For those who feel inspired to take action, chapter volunteers will share valuable tips for starting a local SOCRA chapter. These chapters empower local clinical research communities and provide a platform for personal growth and career development, enabling you to make a difference while fueling your professional aspirations.

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Celebrating Chapter Volunteers on Clinical Trials Day 2024 

As Clinical Trials Day 2024 approaches on May 20, we’re spotlighting the incredible work of our SOCRA chapter volunteers. These individuals dedicate their time and expertise to advance clinical research and foster community connections within our SOCRA chapter program.

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17th Annual Device Research & Regulatory Conference: Navigating Innovation and Compliance 

The 17th Annual Device Research & Regulatory Conference is just around the corner, and it promises to be an enlightening event for professionals in the medical device industry. Hosted in the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, this premier device conference brings together experts, thought leaders, and practitioners to explore the latest advancements, challenges, and best practices in the field. 

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Unlock the Future of Clinical Trials at SOCRA’s First-Ever DCT Conference This April

Jessica Rowe, MA, MS, CCRP, CIP

SOCRA President

Join us April 4-5, 2024, for this new program on Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCT) in charming Savannah, GA. Spearheaded by Jessica Rowe, President of SOCRA  and a passionate advocate for DCTs, this event is designed to clarify and explore the multifaceted world of DCTs. Over two days, attendees will gain comprehensive insights into the operational, regulatory, and ethical dimensions of DCTs, understanding how they are reshaping clinical research to be more inclusive and patient-centered.

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Inside the 2024 SOCRA Oncology Clinical Trials Conference: Insights from Program Chairs Tammy Neseth & Susanna Sellmann 

Tammy Neseth

MA, CCRP, CIP

Susanna Sellmann

RTT, BS, CCRP

Oncology Clinical Trials Conference I March 13-15, 2024 I San Antonio, TX 

As the winter chill envelops much of North America, a warm and exciting opportunity awaits oncology clinical trial professionals. SOCRA’s annual Oncology Clinical Trials Conference is set to brighten San Antonio, TX this March. This pivotal event, co-chaired by 2023 SOCRA President’s Award Winner Tammy Neseth, MA, CCRP, CIP, and SOCRA Past-President, Susanna Sellmann, RTT, BS, CCRP, has evolved into an indispensable resource for oncology-focused clinical trials knowledge, networking opportunities, and avenues for professional growth. 

In a recent conversation with Tammy and Susanna, they shared their insights into the conference’s inception, evolution, and what attendees can expect. 

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2024 Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference Preview: A Conversation with Conference Co-Chairs Lisa Benson & Grace Wentzel

Grace Wentzel (GW)

CCRP, CHRC

Lisa Benson (LB)

BS, CRCP

We’re thrilled to announce the 11th annual Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference, which is set to take place February 22-23, 2024, in San Diego, CA. To uncover the vision, evolution, and passion behind the upcoming event, we sat down with conference organizers Lisa Benson, BS, CRCP (LB), and Grace Wentzel, CCRP, CHRC (GW). Join us as we share their insights and reflect on the impact this critical event continues to have on pediatric clinical research. 

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Reflecting on SOCRA’s 32nd Annual Conference

From September 29 to October 1, 2023, Montreal’s Convention Center was buzzing at the 32nd SOCRA Annual Conference, marking our triumphant return to in-person interactions for the first time in three years. The atmosphere was electric, with the charm of old Montreal as the backdrop and nearly a thousand attendees.

The conference hosted 105 speakers, featured 53 exhibitors, and showcased 74 poster presenters. Additionally, we were honored to welcome international attendees, with representation from 14 countries. Among this diverse crowd, there was an undeniable sense of enthusiasm at the Welcome Reception and throughout the event, as attendees engaged in discussions, networking, and anticipation of what the conference had in store.

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Catching up with 2023 SOCRA President’s Award Winner Tammy Neseth, MA, CCRP, CIP

Tammy Neseth, MA, CCRP, CIP

The global clinical research community will converge live and in-person from September 29 – October 1 at SOCRA’s 2023 Annual Conference in Montreal, QC, Canada. During the event, we will present the President’s Award to Tammy Neseth, MA, CCRP, CIP, in recognition of her exceptional service and commitment to SOCRA’s mission.  

With a foundational career at the Mayo Clinic focusing on colorectal cancer screening, Tammy has worked extensively in the clinical research regulatory and compliance sectors. Her journey includes pivotal roles, most notably as the Director of Operations for the Mayo Clinic Institutional Review Board.  A Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota graduate, Tammy has been a dedicated member of SOCRA since 2003, undertaking leadership positions including (but not limited to) co-chairing the SOCRA Oncology Conference and the SOCRA Site Coordinator / Manager Workshop, leading the SOCRA Southeast Minnesota Chapter, and serving on the SOCRA Certification Committee and Board of Directors. 

Join us as we delve into a candid conversation with Tammy about her career journey, her take on clinical research, her experience with SOCRA, and a wealth of insights and inspiration. 

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Using Evidence-Informed Practices to Improve eConsent

Authors: Annie B. Friedrich, PhD, Erin D. Solomon, PhD, Jessica Mozersky, PhD, & James M. DuBois, DSc, PhD

Author affiliation (all authors): Bioethics Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, our team at Washington University School of Medicine developed an online toolkit, ConsentTools.org, to make consent processes in clinical trials more effective and efficient. It shares information, resources, brief videos, and tools to help clinical research professionals implement several evidence-informed consent practices. These include:

  • Using plain language
  • Using appropriate formatting
  • Assessing for understanding

Randomized controlled trials demonstrated that using these practices can increase participants’ understanding and appreciation of consent information.[1, 2] In this blog post, we explore how to adapt these practices when using eConsent in clinical trials.

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Back Together: 11 Irresistible Reasons to Attend the *Live and In-Person* SOCRA 2023 Annual Conference

Jennifer Li, BSc, CCRP, SOCRA Board President
Quality Manager, Cancer Clinical Research Unit
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre / University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SOCRA’s Annual Conference has been successfully carried out virtually for the past three years. Each event was carefully curated to deliver personal experiences through interactive sessions and virtual meeting spaces for attendees to connect. Despite our best efforts, physical gatherings have a unique energy that virtual platforms can only partially capture. “There’s a powerful dynamic in face-to-face interactions,” said SOCRA Board President, Jenn Li. “It’s in the spontaneous, organic exchanges in hallways and during coffee breaks where some of the most inspiring ideas are born.” And with this in mind, we are delighted that the SOCRA 32nd Annual Conference will be in person this year! 

As we prepare to convene in Montreal, QC, Canada, from September 29 to October 1, 2023, we caught up with Jenn to uncover some of the compelling reasons that make this year’s event a must-go for clinical research professionals. Join us as we delve into the top eleven reasons to attend – and stick around for Jenn’s favorite tips for optimizing your conference experience.  

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