The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to provide the following update on current activities within the BC AHSN organization, which includes the BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC.
Our update on activities for June 2018 includes:
- BC AHSN welcomes Tom Noseworthy, CEO
- Research Ethics BC gears up for online platform launch
- Good Clinical Practice guideline implementation date extended
- Patient partners offer key insights into clinical trials experience
- Last chance to submit abstracts for BC SUPPORT Unit Conference
- BC AHSN represented during Fraser Health Research Week
- Mark your calendar for these June events
- Welcome to new hires
June 1 marked the first day on the job for Dr. Tom Noseworthy, BC AHSN’s inaugural CEO. See the appointment notice in the Globe & Mail.
In recent remarks, Dr. Noseworthy expressed a clear vision for BC AHSN: “The Academic Health Science Network will be the engine of the learning health system in British Columbia,” he said.
“To accomplish this, among other things, we need to have two foundations to our work. The first is to support others in research and knowledge management. The second is a suite of provincially-scaled initiatives based on sound evidence and measurement, and focused on improving health and clinical outcomes, and value for money in the health system. We also need to work with other provinces that are attempting to do the same thing.”
“Over the summer, I’ll be consulting widely across the province and working together with our partners, patients and collaborators on initiatives that are in alignment with provincial priorities.”
Research Ethics BC is the newest resource within the BC AHSN organization. Formerly known as the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative, Research Ethics BC supports a provincial, harmonized system for research ethics reviews of multi-jurisdictional studies involving human subjects (i.e. involving the resources, people, patients or data from more than one BC institution).
On May 28, Research Ethics Board Administrators (REBAs) from across BC got their first look at Research Ethics BCâ€™s new Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP). This shared technology platform, hosted through UBCâ€™s RISe system, will bring BCâ€™s harmonized ethics review process online.
The REBA training day focused on introducing the PREP system and offering networking opportunities for administrators across Research Ethics BC’s partner institutions. Participants were able to test drive the PREP system and provide their feedback. They also discussed how research ethics harmonization can move forward in BC.
The joint efforts of Jean Ruiz (business analysist for the PREP system), the UBC RISe team and the Research Ethics BC advisory committee resulted in a day of enthusiastic participation and excellent feedback.
The PREP system is scheduled to launch this summer, and will merge seamlessly into existing UBC RISe workflows for current users. New users will be introduced to the system over the summer and fall.
Health Canada has announced a one-year extension to the target date for full implementation of the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) new Guideline for Good Clinical Practice E6(R2). According to a Health Canada notice issued on May 11, extending the target date to April 1, 2019 will “allow sufficient time for the training of regulators and stakeholders, which will also include training of ICH E17: Multi Regional Clinical Trials.”
Clinical Trials BC continues to help the clinical research community prepare for these changes through access to online resources (N2 and CITI GCP training, ACRP e-learning platform) and the delivery of on-site training and lecture modules. Learn more.
An engaged group of participants attended an innovative workshop on May 7 called “The Participant Voice: Shaping the Clinical Trial Experience.” Co-hosted by Clinical Trials BC and Island Health Research, the Victoria event invited previous and current clinical trials participants to share their perspectives around the findings of the Canadian Clinical Research Participation Survey.
Patient partner speakers Melanie and Stephen Reid kicked off the event with practical insights about how not to run a research study, including lack of wayfinding and visits that go much longer than anticipated. They also shared positive experiences and highlighted their appreciation in receiving personal results, such as brain scans, in addition to being notified of journal publications.
The workshop featured six roundtable topics: Study Communications; Burden of Study Requirements; Convenience; Compensation; Connection with Study Team; and Informed Consent Process. The discussion made it clear that trial design, recruitment and trial conduct must consider all aspects from the participant’s perspective and that each component will affect peopleâ€™s willingness and ability to take part.
This work will inform further survey analysis and knowledge translation activities including manuscript development. In addition, a provincial small working group is being formed to address the most pressing issue: lack of communication of study results to participants. If you’re interested in helping shape new recommendations, please contact Alison Orth firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Call for Abstracts deadline for the BC SUPPORT Unit’s second provincial conference, Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research (#PPF18) is June 17.
Anyone interested in patient-oriented research can submit their abstracts for a breakout session or a conference poster. Students are encouraged to participate with their projects. See the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Call for Abstracts page, or view the PDF version for more details.
PPF18 will be held October 4, 2018 at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown. This conference has been accredited by Patients Included.
Fraser Health’s Research Week is held annually with a combination of different events that include interactive workshops, panel discussions, keynote speakers and presentations.
Representatives across the BC AHSN organization are participating in a number of events this year (June 7-15). This includes:
- Workshops on patient engagement and implementing evidence, featuring the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Fraser Centre;
- A symposium on clinical trials research management, featuring Clinical Trials BC, the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Fraser Centre, and the BC Health Research Connection Project (a BC SUPPORT Unit demonstration project);
- A booth where Research Ethics BC will share information on harmonization workflow and help attendees set up accounts for access to the new online platform (PREP).
In addition, two BC AHSN board members (Delia Cooper, patient partner and Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health) will be presenting in their respective areas of expertise.
Methods Cluster webinar updates
The BC SUPPORT Unit’s Methods Clusters bring together stakeholders to collectively undertake research projects that answer questions about what are the best ways (i.e. methods) to do patient-oriented research. During June, Leads will provide webinar updates for two Methods Clusters:
- June 15, noon–1:00 p.m. — Knowledge Translation/Implementation Science Methods Cluster, presented by Linda Li.
- June 22, noon–1:00 p.m. — Health Economics and Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster, presented by David Whitehurst and Nick Bansback.
Roundtable discussion: clinical research professional development and education
Clinical Trials BC is hosting an event with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Canada Chapter on June 14, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the BC AHSN office in Vancouver. Clinical research directors, managers, education and quality leads are invited to learn about the valuable ACRP resources available to BC organizations and research teams (including the e-learning platform provided in partnership with VCHRI), and to participate in a BC-focused roundtable discussion. For information or to register, please contact Alison Orth.
ACRP Webinar on feasibility questionnaire completion
Feasibility Questionnaire Completion: Effective Strategies for Site Success in a Highly Competitive Industry — June 20, noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT. A webinar for research sites on how to put their best foot forward when completing a feasibility questionnaire. Learn about the basic and not-so-basic tactics that any motivated site should be practicing in completing feasibilities.
We’re pleased to announce that three new staff members have recently joined the BC AHSN organization:
- Tania Andrews, Stakeholder Relations Specialist, BC SUPPORT Unit Provincial Hub — Email
- Michelle Duffy, Project Manager, BC SUPPORT Unit Provincial Hub — Email
- Paola Pinto Vidal, Navigator, Research Ethics BC — Email