Conference Postponed: Official statement on COVID-19 and its effects on the Clinical Trials BC Conference

Travel restrictions and calls for social isolating have led us to the difficult decision of postponing our ‘Modernization of Clinical Trials’ Conference which was scheduled to take place in Vancouver, 17-18 of June 2020.  We are working hard to arrange another date to reconvene in spring of 2021.  We will do our best to communicate our updated plans to you.

To All of Our Delegates, Partners and Supporters:

The continued spread of COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) in British Columbia, across Canada and beyond has understandably raised concerns among members of our clinical research community. The situation is moving quickly, and I want to ensure that we do everything we can to keep our staff and the broader community safe.

The health and well-being of our community is always our top priority. As a result of the widespread uncertainty about this unprecedented event, and in accordance to the regulations set by the BC Centre for Disease Control, the provincial government of British Columbia (which has banned events of more than 50 persons) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (which has limited international travel), the conference planning team of The Modernization of Clinical Trials announced on March 16th, 2020 that the event will no longer be held in June 2020.

Instead, the event will be postponed to a later date – to be announced.

We are offering a transfer of delegate registration and fees towards the rescheduled meeting. If this meeting cannot be rescheduled, we will offer a full refund.

To confirm that you are transferring your pre-registration or registration to the new date, or for general questions about the conference, please contact Dan Enjo.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate uncertain and challenging times. We focus our thoughts on those impacted both globally and here in Canada, as the news about COVID-19  reverberates throughout the world.


With kind regards,

Jean Smart

Conference Chair
Clinical Trials BC

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A New Era:

This will be a truly unique opportunity to leap into the modernized era and advance British Columbia as a world‐class destination for clinical trials.

The Modernization of Clinical Trials 2020 conference, hosted by Clinical Trials BC will showcase regulatory modernization, new approaches in trial design, and workforce innovation & leadership. This event offers keynote lectures, workshops in advanced research team development, new investigator training and sessions designed to stimulate engagement & planning through moderated focus groups.

  • Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Alison Orth if you, or your organization, are interested in sponsoring the conference.

Please keep checking this page for updates!

Keynote Speaker:

Allan Hackshaw image - keynote speaker

Keynote speaker Allan Hackshaw is Professor of Epidemiology & Medical Statistics at University College London, and Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre. Allan has also published 150 articles in journals and book chapters, plus sole or first author of four textbooks, including ‘A Concise Guide to Clinical Trials’ (Wiley/Blackwells). He is involved in postgraduate courses (on evidence-based medicine) at UCL, London School of Economics and Harvard.



About Clinical Trials BC

Clinical Trials BC strengthens BC’s capacity and competitiveness for attracting world-class clinical trials. As part of the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network, our mission is to maximize the health, educational, and economic benefits of clinical trials to the citizens of BC.

*Special thanks to Cindy Trytten, Director of Research and Capacity Building at Island Health, who kindly provided the conference artwork visible in our page header.*