Seminars & Workshops
Advancing Good Patient Recruitment Practice in Clinical Trials, featuring Industry Experts from BBK Worldwide

We know you know.

Study after study shows that recruiting and retaining study participants is one of the weakest links in clinical research.

Energize yourself with this interactive 60-minute seminar and learn how to adopt a patient-centric mindset for clinical research. Understanding the principles and standards that guide the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of patients in clinical trials is critical to success. As long as research teams focus on what specific tactics will break through the wall of difficult recruitment, this problem will persist. For 95% of studies, solving this enrollment problem is well within reach once we focus on the why instead of the what.

Join our guest presenters from BBK Worldwide, Bonnie A. Brescia, Founding Principal and Corporate Development Officer, and Aaron Fleishman, Director of Market Development, for the first of three sessions that focus on how patient experience drives successful patient recruitment, engagement, and retention.

Participation in every session in the series is not necessary; attendees will gain insights and techniques to advance their thinking, build skills, and improve performance in patient recruitment in each session. Subsequent events will drill down into the key concepts presented in this initial event.

For 35 years BBK Worldwide, The Patient Experience Company, has been at the forefront of the patient recruitment industry. Backed by efficacy data and market research, BBK is redefining what it means to be patient-centric within the clinical research industry by educating consumers, engaging participants, and unburdening sites. To learn more about BBK Worldwide visit www.bbkworldwide.com.

Learning Objectives

After attending this event, participants should be able to do the following on their own:

  • Apply six key principles of patient recruitment to any clinical study
  • Analyze a protocol from a recruitment perspective
  • Consider metrics and mechanisms for reporting on recruitment, engagement, and retention
  • Assess recruitment plans as “living documents”

Details

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 3:00-4:00PM
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Room 114, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA

During this 60-minute session, BBK will combine a formal presentation with group exercises, and Q&A time. Upon registration, participants will receive a mock protocol synopsis for a quick review prior to the session. This protocol will be used during the exercise portion of the session.

Registration

This seminar is ideal for professionals involved in all aspects of clinical research (whether academic-, industry-, or government-sponsored) and regardless of therapeutic area, large or small molecules, devices or diagnostics, rare or common conditions.

Tufts CTSI and Tufts network partner organizations:

  • Program management and research teams
  • Principal investigators
  • Study coordinators
  • Medicine and life sciences students
  • IRB administrators

Intermediate Level: appropriate for individuals who already have a basic understanding of why and how clinical trials are conducted.

To reserve your space, please register here.

 

Tufts CTSI Professional Education & Expectation for Course Participants

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Education programs provide non-degree continuing education and training for clinical and translational research professionals from all Tufts CTSI partners and beyond.

Course enrollment priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. If your participation needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may provide their contact information when you register for the program.

This course is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Conferences & Symposia
AWARE for All Boston

On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 in Boston, MA local community members, patients, and research professionals will come together to learn about clinical research, get free health screenings, and hear from physician and patient speakers.

AWARE for All is a free educational program that provides valuable information and resources on the clinical research process to help people make informed decisions about participation. The event serves as a platform for dialogue between local patients, members of the public, and research professionals. This program is made possible by the incredible community partners we collaborate with in every city.

Registration is encouraged but not mandatory! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at the NonProfit Center. For more information, please email awareforall@ciscrp.org or call 617-725-2750.

Please register here.

Seminars & Workshops
Brown Bag Lunch: Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans

Need guidance on developing your recruitment and retention plan?

Join us for an hour-long workshop, Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans. This session will take place during lunch hour, so please feel free to bring your lunch.

Recruitment and retention are critical to the success of a research study; however, generating a plan that considers cost, target audience, best practices, and retention of participants can be challenging during the study development phase of research. This workshop, led by Sara Folta, PhD, Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research and C. Phillip Oettgen, Project Manager of the Recruitment and Retention Support Unit (RRSU) seeks to raise awareness about the key elements and major considerations of a recruitment and retention plan.

After attending this event, participants should be able to do the following on their own:

  • Describe how to set realistic recruitment goals for research studies
  • Explain how to identify and best reach different target audiences, including underrepresented populations
  • Recognize realistic expectations and knowledge of resources
  • Discuss challenges to retention and key strategies to improve it.

Details

Thursday, March 14, noon-1:00PM
Tufts CTSI, 35 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor Conference Room
Boston MA

Registration

This program is open to research coordinators and investigators in clinical and non-clinical fields. Any research team members interested in recruitment and retention are welcome.

To attend, please register here.

Tufts CTSI Professional Education & Expectation for Course Participants

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Education programs provide non-degree continuing education and training for clinical and translational research professionals from all Tufts CTSI partners and beyond.

Course enrollment priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. If your participation needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may provide their contact information when you register for the program.

This course is provided free of charge, and was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of health, Award Number UL1TR002544. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Conferences & Symposia
Challenges in Consenting Pregnant Women, Children, and Neonates

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  1. Identify important issues when conducting research on vulnerable populations
  2. Explain the challenges when consenting pregnant women or their infants
  3. Discuss the unique challenges of conducting research on premature infants (e.g., blood sampling, outcomes)

Taught by Jonathan Davis, MD

Conferences & Symposia
Companion Animal Studies: Participant Engagement

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the major objectives of clinical trials in veterinary patients
  2. Identify the major issues impending participant engagement
  3. Describe ethical incentives and solutions that will help to increase participant engagement
  4. Explain major challenges that may be faced in the future

Taught by Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc

Conferences & Symposia
Innovative Recruitment Strategies Panel

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  1. Indicate why people participate in clinical studies and trials
  2. Discuss challenges to recruiting human and animal research participants

Taught by Laura Blaisdell MD, MPH, FAAP, Debra Lerner, MS, PhD, and Zoher Ghogawala, MD

Conferences & Symposia
Participant Engagement Panel

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  1. Indicate why people participate in clinical studies and trials
  2. Discuss challenges to recruiting human and animal research participants

Taught by Julia Farides-Mitchell, MA, Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, and Jonathan Davis, MD

Seminars & Workshops
Pfizer Investigator Training Program (iTP)

Acclaimed training program begins April 18, 2017

Tufts CTSI will host Pfizer’s acclaimed Investigator Training Program (iTP) on April 18-19, 2017.

This unique, two-day, free-of-charge program will empower clinicians to build critical skills required for the recruitment, management, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials. It will examine the entire trial process, from planning stages to trial close-out activities, and will provide practical recommendations for increasing the efficiency of clinical trial conduct at investigative sites.

Led by clinical trial experts, this interactive training will consist of didactic lectures, discussions, and group activities. The iTP is targeted to investigators and the entire clinical study team, including research fellows, coordinators, research nurses, data managers, regulatory, and IRB members. Clinical trial experience (even if limited) is encouraged, though not required.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance after completing this International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH)/Good Clinical Practice (GCP) program. This workshop is approved for 16.5 contact hours towards maintaining an Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) certification. Contact hours are applicable to CCRCs, CCRAs and CPIs at an entry-level knowledge base.

This is a popular training, and class size is limited, so please pre-register by no later than April 7. You will receive an official email invitation from Pfizer if you are admitted to the program.

Please note: registration is a two-step process. Once you pre-register with Tufts CTSI, you will receive a formal registration form from Pfizer. You must be registered with Pfizer in order to attend this training and receive certification.

Details

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Wednesday, April 19, 8:30AM-3:30PM
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00AM.

Arthur M. Sackler Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA

Contact

Questions? Please email info@tuftsctsi.org for assistance.

 

Conferences & Symposia
The mPower App and Using Technology for Participant Engagement in Clinical Trials

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how technology has been implemented in healthcare
  2. State pros and cons of using standard practice in healthcare and using technology tools in healthcare
  3. Discuss how smartphone applications can be used in clinical trials

Taught by Harry P. Selker, MD, MSPH and Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH

Conferences & Symposia
Using Research Process Improvement to Solve Recruitment Challenges

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  1. Delineate components of process improvement
  2. Describe potential applications of process improvement methods to research studies
  3. Identify process improvement methods useful in addressing participant recruitment
  4. Identify a process improvement tool that could be used to address a current research challenge

Taught by Denise Daudelin, RN, MPH, Donato Rivas, PhD