Expert Shares Insights on Thriving as a Clinical Research Associate

“After you’ve been a clinical research associate (CRA), the sky’s the limit,” says Reginald Hooks, MS, MPH, PMP, associate director of clinical operations for Oncolytics Biotech. “You understand the whole [clinical trial] picture.” For example, a skilled CRA, after learning the ins and outs of his or her role, should find it relatively easy to […]

Clinical Trial Practitioners Key to Jumpstarting Alzheimer’s Research Efforts

The clinical trial industry continues to grapple with finding new and more effective ways to expand its efforts to combat Alzheimer’s. The obstacles are real. Alzheimer’s trials cost more per patient than trials in many other therapeutic areas. Screening accounts for 50–70% of the total per-patient expense, as failures at each step of the process […]

CRO Leverages Training to Reduce Staff Turnover

“For us, training equals quality,” says Kelly Schindelholz, CCRA, director of clinical monitoring services at IMARC Research, a contract research organization (CRO). Schindelholz and team say a commitment to training has helped them benefit from significantly lower than average turnover rates in a clinical trial marketplace notorious for employee churn. “We invest a lot in […]

Executive Offers Impactful Networking Tips for Women

Some women working to attain promotion in the office are at a relative disadvantage when it comes to networking tendencies, says Jeanne Hecht, MBA, PMP, CEO of Ora Inc. Very generally speaking, “women tend to focus on their nuclear network in the office, but don’t do as much to develop relationships with people outside their […]

Should You Fear a Fearless Leader?

The term “fearless leader” just might be going the way of other increasingly retro monikers like “rotary phone,” “cassette tapes,” and “print newspapers.” More and more, the most effective leaders of today are often at their best when they are able to express and help others channel their own vulnerability, say adherents to a new […]