As the clinical trial community in British Columbia mobilized in anticipation of COVID-19 trials, members expressed a strong need for a network to enable increased communications and learnings to support their coordinated approach. On April 9, 2020, CTBC hosted a virtual meeting to bring together diverse groups of people and teams leading or supporting COVID-19-related clinical trials in BC.
The meeting was attended by more than 78 investigators, coordinators, directors, managers, research ethics administrators, policy makers and contract support service providers. Current and planned trials were presented, operational challenges and opportunities identified and supports, and resources shared. Results of a follow-up survey showed that regular monthly meetings focused on updates of current trials, sharing of operational barriers, solutions and best practices and networking for future collaboration would be extremely valuable.
Clinical Trials BC is committed to facilitating a network that will support these needs. For more information, or to receive an invitation to the next meeting to be held during the week of May 11, 2020, please contact Alison Orth.