The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to announce that the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN) will be transitioned into the BC AHSN organization under a new name: Clinical Trials BC. 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.
A project steering committee has been struck to oversee the transition and ongoing clinical research support activities. The Clinical Trials BC transition project will be implemented by a working group with input from an advisory committee (membership to be confirmed).
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.
For more information, visit the Clinical Trials BC page of the BC AHSN website <link> and watch for ongoing email updates through the summer and fall. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Deirdre Rogers, Project Manager/Interim Operations Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We thank the individuals and organizations whose input has been invaluable in helping us develop the vision and path forward for Clinical Trials BC as part of BC AHSN.
Network development to continue over summer
BC AHSN’s Board and executive team are continuing to advance a number of network development activities over the summer. This will include:
- Board recruitment of a Founding CEO for BC AHSN;
- Finalization of the BC AHSN operating model, including a process for identifying priority initiatives;
- Activities supporting the Clinical Trials BC transition project;
- Functional integration of the BC SUPPORT Unit, BC AHSN and clinical trial support activities under a consolidated organizational structure;
- Planning for integrated external communications & branding; and
- Continued oversight of the Emergency Medicine Network.
Pending the appointment of the new CEO, formal BC AHSN stakeholder engagement activities will be limited over the summer.
BC SUPPORT Unit enables connections and resources across BC
As part of BC AHSN, the BC SUPPORT Unit continues to actively engage with and support stakeholders across the province for the advancement of patient-oriented research:
- In addition to hosting webinars and meetings, this spring the Unit has collaborated with partner organizations to support an innovative Pecha Kucha event, Fraser Health’s Research Week, and a community dialogue on health research.
- The Unit has announced November 9, 2017 as the date for its inaugural provincial conference to encourage learning and collaboration around patient-oriented research.
- The BC SUPPORT Unit has signed a one-year province-wide membership agreement with N2 Network of Networks, which will provide free access for all BC clinical health research to best-in-class tools and content to support efficient and high-quality research and integrity of clinical practices.
Learn more by visiting the BC SUPPORT Unit website.