The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is currently working to integrate clinical research support activities of the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN) into BC AHSN.
Clinical Trials BC has been approved as the new name for this unit under BC AHSN. The name reflects a focus on advancing BC as a world leader in clinical trials, a direction endorsed by key stakeholders and the BC AHSN Board.
In February 2016, BCCRIN was repurposed to help establish BC AHSN, with the BC AHSN Board committed to supporting its mandate. Since then, many core BCCRIN services and activities have continued, including regulatory and quality management support, education, the BC Showcase and work on the Canadian Clinical Research Participation Survey.
A report was commissioned for the BC AHSN Board to assess BCCRIN’s current state and to provide recommendations. The recommendations from the Board were to:
- In partnership with key BCCRIN stakeholders, facilitate the development of a vision for BC’s clinical research environment;
- As part of that vision, confirm the role, branding, leadership, and resources for BCCRIN as a clinical research unit parallel to the BC SUPPORT Unit within BC AHSN.
In March 2017, BC AHSN/ BC SUPPORT Unit hosted a strategic planning workshop with key stakeholders to collectively develop a vision and offer recommendations to the BC AHSN Board for supporting a thriving clinical research environment that builds on the legacy of BCCRIN. The Board unanimously endorsed a strategic framework and strategy for moving forward.
A project to transition clinical research support functions into BC AHSN is now approved and underway. Overseen by a project steering committee, the Clinical Trials BC transition project will be implemented by a working group with input from an advisory committee.
As the project progresses, further decisions will be made regarding the leadership, resources and organizational structures that are needed within the BC AHSN organization to support this key provincial building block.
Project Steering Committee
- Gavin Stuart, BC AHSN Executive Co-Lead
- W. Robert McMaster, VP Research, Vancouver Coastal Health & Executive Director, VCH Research Institute; former Chair, BCCRIN
- Minnie Downey, Executive Director, BC SUPPORT Unit
- Stirling Bryan, Scientific Director, BC SUPPORT Unit
- Cindy Trytten, Director, Research and Capacity Building, Island Health
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Group
To be confirmed
Clinical Trials BC Working Group
- Deirdre Rogers, Project Manager/Interim Operations Lead
- Alison Orth, Clinical Research Specialist
- Jean Smart, Regulatory Officer & Partnership Liaison
- Alison Osborne, Communications Lead
Throughout this transition, a number of services continue to be available, including regulatory and quality support services and compliance training and workshops. In addition, a number of initiatives are continuing in the meantime. They include:
Canadian Clinical Research Participation Survey
Clinical Research Professional Certification Program
|• Clinical Trials BC Transition Project||Deirdre Rogers
|• Compliance training|
• Quality or regulatory resources
• Regulatory consultation
|• Canadian Clinical Research Participation Survey|
• BC Showcase
|• Clinical Research Professional Certification Program||Erin Cherban
Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences
|• ACRP E-learning Programfirstname.lastname@example.org
|• CITI Program|
BC AHSN is sharing regular email updates to report on Clinical Trials BC project status and milestones:
- June 20, 2017: BC AHSN announces Clinical Trials BC, shares key progress