Clinical Trials Day: The Trailblazers Among Us 

ACRP launches its 2024 campaign to celebrate the clinical research workforce.

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is proud to announce the launch of its 2024 Clinical Trials Day campaign, Trailblazers Among Us.

In the world of clinical trial research, the path forward is forged through the relentless pursuit of knowledge, an exacting application of best practices, and an unwavering commitment to championing patient well-being. This is the work of modern-day trailblazers. This is the work of clinical research professionals.

They are the engines that power the advancement of human health. Their dedication is what makes medical breakthroughs possible.

They Are the Trailblazers Among Us.

This year, ACRP is partnering with four trailblazing organizations across the clinical research enterprise which have committed generous support for the 2024 campaign: Advarra (Official Technology Sponsor), Sanofi (Official Pharma/Biotech Sponsor), Thermo Fisher Scientific (Official Contract Research Organization [CRO] Sponsor), and Velocity Clinical Research (Official Sites Organization Sponsor).

“ACRP advocates for the critical sector of healthcare professionals who care for patients as part of clinical trials and studies conducted around the world. Clinical research professionals play an essential role in the development of new medicines. They protect patients through applying expertise in clinical research practice while serving as the frontline connection for trailblazing new ways of conducting research. From interpreting protocols to implementing new digital health technologies that promise to expand access to standards of care, the contribution of the clinical research workforce underpins possibilities of hope for improved health. Alongside our Official Sponsors, we honor these Trailblazers Among Us,” said Susan Landis, ACRP Executive Director.

“I firmly believe we are all responsible for driving awareness about clinical research to the public,” said Christine Senn, PhD, FACRP, Senior Vice President of Site-Sponsor Innovation at Advarra and Immediate Past Chair of the Association Board of Trustees for ACRP. “Public understanding of and access to clinical trials is critical for the industry to accelerate enrollment, which is a major driver in the cost and availability of treatments. Advarra is committed to bringing sites, sponsors, and CROs together to collaborate to more efficiently and effectively accelerate the development of and access to lifechanging therapeutics for all.”

“Sanofi is proud to once again sponsor Clinical Trials Day with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals as a way to thank, and recognize, the incredible contributions of clinical trial professionals who make it possible to develop new therapies for patients seeking improved health outcomes,” said Dr. Dietmar Berger, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development, Sanofi.

“The PPD clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific has long been a supporter of Clinical Trials Day, and we are pleased to join with ACRP in honoring the dedicated professionals who contribute to the development of breakthrough therapies that benefit patients worldwide every day,” said Cris Nieto, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations.

“We are honored to be the first ever Official Sites Organization Sponsor, and we look forward to bringing site and patient perspectives from around the world to the Clinical Trials Day conversation,” said Paul Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Velocity Clinical Research.

In addition to the four Official Sponsors, ACRP is thrilled to announce that Merck has joined the 2024 campaign as the Clinical Trials Day Supporting Sponsor. We are grateful for its continued generosity and partnership in supporting the clinical research profession.

ACRP will officially kick-off Clinical Trials Day at ACRP 2024, May 3–6, at the Anaheim Marriott in California. The Clinical Trials Day website offers a variety of digital and print files to celebrate Clinical Trials Day online and in the office, along with tips on how to host a Clinical Trials Day event at your organization.

If you have questions about how your organization can be part of the 2024 campaign, please contact Lisa Townsend, ACRP Marketing Director.

About Clinical Trials Day

Organized and promoted by ACRP since 2014, Clinical Trials Day is celebrated each May 20 across the globe as a joyful opportunity for the clinical research community to pause in reflection, recognition, and admiration of all that has been accomplished thanks to clinical trials and the people behind them. Clinical Trials Day is the only global awareness campaign dedicated to recognizing and championing clinical research professionals.