In 2010, ASCO established the Community Research Forum to support clinical investigators and community-based research sites. Building on the Forum’s success in providing solutions for community-based research programs and the cancer research community at large, ASCO has decided to expand the Forum to have a greater impact on research sites from all types of research settings. Now called the ASCO Research Community Forum, ASCO is inviting researchers and research staff from all types of research sites to participate in this unique venue, which aims to advance cancer research and support research program management.
The ASCO Research Community Forum will hold its Annual Meeting on September 25-26 at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Physician investigators and their research staff from across the United States will come together to network and collaborate to address common challenges in conducting research. Topics covered in last year’s meeting included exemplary attributes of clinical trial sites, billing compliance, patient engagement, contract negotiations, workload management, and streamlining training. The meeting will be of particular interest to anyone from research programs or research networks who conduct research in the community setting.
The Research Community Forum efforts to date have generated several tools and resources to support both large and small-scale research sites, including the ASCO Clinical Trial Workload Assessment Tool, ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool, and an online repository of resources for research sites.
Please visit www.asco.org/research-community-forum and stop by ASCO booth #7004 at the ASCO Annual Meeting to learn more about the ASCO Research Community Forum. Stay tuned to ASCO in Action and the Research Community Forum webpage for more information on the Forum’s activities and its Annual Meeting this fall.