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3CTN Annual Stakeholder Meeting and Recruitment/Patient and Public Involvement Workshop highlights 

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:
  1. Scoping review - Conducting clinical trials: Costs, impacts, and why clinical trials networks matter
  2. 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.

Recruitment Progress: Year 5, Quarter 2 (July - September, 2018)

The second quarter recruitment data is in for the Network and things are still going strong. As of Quarter 2, Network site performance is at 56 per cent of annual target (i.e. 6 per cent above Network quarter target).

* Ontario recruitment enhanced  by large recruiting trial (CCTG) MAC.22/ TMIST

Click to view past Performance Reports.
Cancer Clinical Research featured on CTV News Windsor 
In October, CTV News Windsor aired a five-part series on local cancer research facilitated by the Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG). The aim of the series was to provide information and educate the public on the importance of clinical trials and showcase local research taking place in Windsor. The series featured interviews with patients and local researchers, including Dr. Caroline Hamm, Oncologist at Windsor General Hospital NACC and WCRG Clinical Director, who are involved a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to cancer research. A patient who had participated in a clinical trial spoke about her experience and how local research activities have impacted her life. Click to view.
Patient Diane Marley shares her experience and the value of participating in clinical trials | Photo Credit: CTV News Windsor
Special Announcements 
Dr. Caroline Hamm recognized with 2018 Human Touch Award 

3CTN Coordinating Centre congratulates Dr. Caroline Hamm on receiving the Human Touch Award. The award was presented to Dr. Hamm in recognition of the work she does advocating for top-quality care close to home for patients in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. The Awards are presented annually by Cancer Care Ontario to healthcare professionals and volunteers who demonstrate exceptional and compassionate patient care.
3CTN 2017-2018 Annual Report: Building Capacity in a changing landscape 
The 3CTN Annual Report for 2017-2018 was published in early October. The report summarizes the accomplishments of the Network and represents the culmination of the initial four year business plan spanning 2014-2018. Throughout the pages you will see many examples of how 3CTN has established a sustainable framework for supporting Canada’s academic cancer clinical trials environment and set a foundation for work to follow over the next four years. 3CTN thanks all its stakeholders for their contributions towards the Network’s endeavours in enhancing Canada’s academic cancer clinical trials environment. View the report on “Building capacity in a changing landscape.”

Key Dates Ahead
  January 2019 A two-day EDGE workshop for member sites that use or are planning to adopt EDGE
February 15, 2019 Reports due for Year 5, Quarter 3

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