SOCRA 2022 Year in Review & What to Expect in 2023

As 2022 draws to a close, we’re proud to recognize the year’s activities, accomplishments, and progress as we prepare to welcome the New Year ahead. We invite you to join us in reflecting on 2022 and looking ahead to what you can expect in 2023.

SOCRA 2022 Year in Review

In 2022, we continued to adapt to the COVID pandemic, implementing virtual and other technologies to assure continuity of education, certification, training, and collaboration among our clinical research community.

We understand that balancing work, home, and professional development has put a tremendous stress on clinical research professionals. In an effort to support our membership and the clinical research community, SOCRA continued to offer Computer Based Testing (which includes Home Proctoring) to allow individuals to sit for the CCRP® exam at over 600 testing centers worldwide or in the comfort of their homes.  Learn more about the certification program here.

We also continued to publish a web-based version of the SOCRA SOURCE Journal for that we launched when the pandemic began.  Log in to the new and improved member educational portal to access current and past issues along with the SOCRA self-studies for free CE credit.  We also added a link to the SOCRA blog on our website in 2022 for greater access to helpful and engaging clinical research resources on ethics, trial management, compliance, and dozens of other interesting topics.

We hosted the 2022 Annual Conference on a dynamic virtual platform that allowed attendees to enjoy a personal and connective experience through live chat, live question-and-answer sessions, and other virtual networking opportunities. The focus of 2022’s gathering was education-rich programming with a particular emphasis on research subject enrollment equity, enrollment issues, and the importance of including diverse patient populations in the early phases of investigational research.  Free videos of the opening and closing plenary sessions are available on our website here.

Following is a snapshot of what we’ve accomplished together this year:

Check out the 2022 Annual Report for more statistics and information on membership, certification, education, and other activities this year.

What to Expect in 2023

In 2023, we are excited to announce that we are carefully advancing into a combination of virtual and in-person programming to accommodate our members and learners.

Live Webinars

It’s our pleasure to introduce the following live webinars to our continually expanding virtual programming rotation in 2023:

Jan 11-23: Site Coordinator/Manager & GCP Virtual Workshop

Kick-off 2023 right with the first Site Coordinator/Manager & GCP Virtual Workshop of the year from January 11 to 13, 2023. Ideal for new site coordinators, research associates, and study nurses, including those new to clinical research with 0-5 years of experience, this highly interactive virtual event allows for live questions and answers, helping to improve clinical research site skills and responsibility understanding.

Learn more and register for the Site Coordinator/Manager & GCP Virtual Workshop live webinar.

Jan 24-26: Finance & Productivity Virtual Workshop

The highly anticipated Finance & Productivity Virtual Workshop is back in 2023! Join our expert faculty for the live webinar from January 24 to 26, 2023 to experience why this event has consistently earned rave reviews since 2008. Designed for site managers, site coordinators, and research associates, this highly interactive workshop provides practical tools and techniques to improve your financial and business skills in clinical research.

Learn more and register for the Finance & Productivity Virtual Workshop live webinar.

Mar 7-9: FDA Sponsor-Investigator Virtual Conference

After much success in 2021, we’re thrilled to re-welcome the FDA Sponsor-Investigator Workshop to our live webinar offerings in 2023! Developed jointly with the FDA, this virtual symposium features three half-day sessions and provides sponsor-investigators and key research staff with targeted training directly from FDA, NIH, and research industry representatives. Don’t miss the incredible interactive content and access to soon-to-be-announced VIP speakers – all for an unbeatable price!

Learn more and register for the FDA Sponsor-Investigator Workshop live webinar.

Live In-Person Conferences

In 2023, you can also expect opportunities to connect with our clinical research programming and community live, thanks to the reintroduction of several in-person conferences including:

Feb 16-17: Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference, Miami Beach, FL

For the first time, we are offering an optional half-day preconference to complement the 2023 Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference from February 16 to 17, 2023, with the pre-conference beginning February 15, 2023. Attend this event to discover new information, management tools, and real-life examples to help you navigate the evolving landscape of pediatric research.

Learn more and register for the in-person Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference and Preconference.

Mar 30-31: Oncology Clinical Trials Conference, San Diego, CA

Join us in San Diego, CA for the Oncology Clinical Trials Conference from March 30 to 31, 2023, where you can improve your skills and understanding of administering oncology clinical trials according to regulation, guidance, policy, and procedure. Attend the optional half-day GCP E6 (R2) Basics or Oncology Research Fundamentals Preconference Workshops starting on March 29, 2023.

Learn more and register for the in-person Oncology Clinical Trials Conference and Preconference.

April 27-28: Annual Device Research & Regulatory Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

Travel to sunny Scottsdale, AZ to attend the Annual Device Research & Regulatory Conference from April 27 to 28, 2023 to learn about the current compliance, development, and clinical investigation issues for device research. The optional half-day pre-conference workshop begins on April 26, 2023, and covers medical device terminology, device regulations, GCP, and other topics.

Learn more and register for the in-person Annual Device Research & Regulatory Conference and Pre-Conference.

April 27-28: Clinical Site Coordinator/Manager and GCP Workshop, Scottsdale, AZ

Attend the Clinical Site Coordinator/Manager and GCP Workshop live and in person from April 27 to 28, 2023. This two-day conference features the same content as our virtual offering, giving you and your team the flexibility to choose the best format. Whether you’re a site coordinator, research associate, or study nurse, attend this event to improve your clinical research skills and understanding.  

Learn more and register for the in-person Clinical Site Coordinator/Manager and GCP Workshop.

Sep 29-Oct 1: SOCRA 32nd Annual Conference

After three years of bringing you interactive virtual Annual Conference programming, we’re thrilled to be back in person in 2023! Join us and more than a thousand clinical research professionals for the 2023 SOCRA Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Montreal Convention Center from September 29 to October 1, 2023. With presentations across six educational tracks, preconference workshops, a peer-driven poster session, and a social night out in this charming city, you’ll have many opportunities to connect and learn with your colleagues worldwide.

Learn more about the 2023 Annual Conference registration along with sponsorship and exhibit opportunities available now!

Visit our Events Calendar for a complete listing of all our virtual and in-person offerings in 2023.

More Ways to Get Involved with SOCRA in 2023

Beyond live webinars and in-person conferences, there are many more opportunities to get involved with SOCRA in the New Year and make a difference in the field of clinical research, including:

Chapter Program:

We developed our signature Chapter Program to help SOCRA members and non-members acquire continuing education (CE) credit and receive educational programming locally at no cost. This program is also an excellent way to meet and network with other local researchers.
How to get involved: Find and join a SOCRA chapter near you or learn how to start one on our Chapter Program page.

Clinical Trials Day:

May 20, 2023 is Clinical Trials Day (CTD), an occasion to raise clinical trial awareness and honor clinical research professionals across the globe. Plan how you’ll celebrate CTD in the New Year with the inspirational ideas in this post.

How to get involved: Nominate a fellow SOCRA member for their outstanding work and contributions to our field. Nomination opportunities are open now!

Speaking & Presenting:

Our Annual Conference offers a couple of opportunities to demonstrate your thought leadership to the clinical research community. Whether you join the 100+ conference speakers covering current information, tools, best practices, and training or share your research, findings, and achievements through our poster program, we welcome your ideas and contributions.

How to get involved: Present a poster at the 2023 Annual Conference (details below). Enter to compete for the Poster Special Recognition Award Competition by submitting an abstract by July 21, 2023.

Become a speaker at the SOCRA 2024 Annual Conference taking place September 27 to 29 in Las Vegas, NV. Enroll by July 31, 2023.

Journal & Blog Article Submissions:

You can be published in the SOCRA SOURCE, a quarterly publication offering academic and instructional articles for clinical research professionals with scientific and technical information. We also accept submissions to the SOCRA blog featuring relevant and timely topics in clinical research.

How to get involved: Submit a regulatory, scientific, or technical article on our website to SOCRA SOURCE Journal or the SOCRA blog for publication.

We are proud to reflect on the many triumphs of 2022 and are thrilled to welcome 2023 and its abundant opportunities to continue learning, improving, and connecting with the clinical research community.

Visit our website to learn how to become a SOCRA member and reap the membership benefits. Or contact our team or call (215) 822-8644 to get started.

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