ACRP Announces ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ Executive Steering Council

Partners in Workforce Advancement Driving Initiatives to Support Clinical Research Workforce

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS), and the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) as the Partners in Workforce Advancement Executive Steering Council.

Partners in Workforce Advancement is a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative to grow the clinical research workforce, set and support standards for workforce competence and support site sustainability during the coronavirus pandemic.

ACRP’s Partners in Workforce Advancement now includes more than 25 organizations aligned with ACRP’s mission who are working to improve clinical trial quality and outcomes for patients by focusing where others have not – workforce planning, development, and assessment.

“In clinical research, people are everything,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “With the strategic guidance of our Executive Steering Council, and the support of our Partners in Workforce Advancement members, we are excited about the opportunities to collaboratively grow and sustain a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic clinical research workforce.”

The Partners in Workforce Advancement Executive Steering Council includes:

  • Leigh Burgess, Vice President for Research Operations, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, ACRP’s Elite Partner in Workforce Advancement
  • David Burrow, Pharm.D., J.D., Director, Office of Scientific Investigations, Office of Compliance Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Kenneth A. Getz, Founder and Board Chair, Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation
  • Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Division of Clinical Innovation, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
  • Allyson Small, Chief Operating Officer, Society for Clinical Research Sites

“Creating new and innovative mechanisms to advance the awareness of research as a profession is essential for the success of our collective organizations,” says Burgess. “The PWA leverages the work of ACRP and allows the potential and future workforce to get a glimpse of the life of research professionals firsthand.”

“A strong, adaptable, and growing workforce is the key to clinical research site sustainability. SCRS is honored to participate in the collaborative efforts of the Partners in Workforce Advancement initiative,” says Allyson Small, Chief Operating Officer of SCRS. “Keeping the engine of clinical development moving forward requires everyone working in sync.”

Partners in Workforce Advancement members provide strategic direction and support for initiatives to:

  • Grow the clinical research workforce (more info >)
  • Define, align, and validate competence standards (more info >)
  • Support site sustainability during the coronavirus pandemic (more info >)

Learn more about Partners in Workforce Advancement, including membership details, at