More than 60 members of the Network and stakeholders from across Canada convened in Toronto to participate in the 3CTN Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and Recruiment/Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Workshop, held on on November 21 and 22 respectively.
To kick off the ASM, 3CTN’s Executive Director, Mr. Stephen Sundquist, provided welcome remarks and an update on progress made so far on finalizing and implementing the Network’s Strategic Plan initiatives. Following morning sessions in which each province reported highlights on their Year 5 activities and plans for the remainder of Year 5, keynote speaker, Colene Bentley from Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) shared results from two projects recently completed in collaboration with 3CTN:
- Scoping review - Conducting clinical trials: Costs, impacts, and why clinical trials networks matter
- Barriers to, and supports for, conducting cancer clinical trials in Canada – a qualitative analysis of key informant interviews with clinicians and clinical research professionals
The afternoon continued with interactive sessions from Coordinating Centre staff focusing on optimizing trial activation and performance as well as introducing the newly defined Porfolio Trials Impact Assessment criteria and progress to date in its adoption. 3CTN’s Scientific Director, Dr. Janet Dancey, led a review of network funding and introduced some options for additional sources that may be considered to better support planned activities and assure sustainability. An open table discussion encouraged those in attendance to inform on additional options and risks that should be considered. Sundquist wrapped up the meeting with a review of meeting highlights and actionable items stemming from the day.
The following day provided an opportunity for Network Cancer Center researcher team members as well as patient or family representatives from across Canada, to participate in workshop activities related to Recruitment and PPI Involvement objectives. Sundquist opened the agenda with a presentation on the usability and effectiveness of 3CTN recruitment tools. Keynote speaker, Ms. Guna Budrevics presented on experience based co-design as a tool to capture the patient voice. The workshop included a series of interactive presentations discussing patient and public engagement strategies, enhancements to 3CTN communication conduits, approaches to increase recruitment and lessons learned were shared. At the conclusion of the two-day meeting, Sundquist thanked participants for their contributions and engagement.
Participants attend the 3CTN Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Recruitment Workshop in Toronto.