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Goals of the Workshop

Clinical trials provide the evidence base for advances in oncology. ​​​Errors made in the design and conduct of a clinical trial can make it impossible for the trial to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of a new approach. Poor design can lead to the abandonment of promising avenues of research that are based on sound basic scientific work as well as to delays in the introduction of new treatments into the practice of oncology. ASCO and AACR have designed this intensive Workshop to increase the reliability and effectiveness of clinical trials by:

  • Introducing clinical fellows and junior faculty in any oncology subspecialty to the principles of good clinical trial design. This Workshop will give them the tools they need to conduct clinical trials that will yield clear results and have the potential to impact patient care.

  • Exposing early-career clinical scientists to the full spectrum of challenges in clinical research – from surgery, radiotherapy, conventional and investigational agents, multidisciplinary treatment regimens, multimodality and combination treatments, and the integration of biomarkers in clinical trials. Workshop faculty seek to inspire participants to devote all or a portion of their future careers to some aspect of clinical research.

  • Developing a cadre of well-trained, experienced clinical researchers whose expertise will foster better clinical trial design. Such expertise will thereby hasten the introduction of improved approaches for cancer therapy and prevention into everyday medical practice and patient care.



Comments from 2016 Workshop Participants:

"Thank you for allowing me to participate in the wonderful experience of this workshop, I learned so much and know this will serve me for my entire career."

"I want to sincerely thank you all for your outstanding mentorship during this Workshop.I have learned so much from you and greatly appreciate your dedication in helping me to improve my protocol/IC. This invaluable experience is something I will carry forward in my career as a clinical investigator."

"I think I speak on behalf of all of us in saying that it was so helpful to step outside our comfort zones and be challenged to discuss our projects and incorporate ideas and advice from an entirely new group of "collaborators."

"THANK YOU FOR THIS WEEK! The best learning experience of my fellowship so far."

"I am surprised by how much I was able to accomplish in such a short but focused time. Many thanks for each and every one of you for their dedication, teaching, (and) mentoring during this amazing course. I learned a lot, and I am sure that this experience will transform my career."

"This was easily one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my training. Thanks for all of your energy and enthusiasm!"

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