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A Letter from the Society for Clinical Research Sites


by Casey Orvin, President, Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS)

The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) was founded in 2012 to serve the global clinical research site community. Our founder, Christine Pierre, recognized a need for the site voice to be unified and amplified, and founded the organization to provide sites with resources, advocacy, mentorship, education and representation within the research industry.

Joining SCRS means more than simply becoming a member of an organization of companies with similar interests. SCRS is the first organization fully dedicated to representing the global clinical research site community. We give sites a voice, a seat at the table, a platform for advocacy and the ability to participate in discussions and decisions that ultimately impact the entire industry.  Joining the SCRS community gives sites a stronger, more credible voice and shared purpose.

Over the years, SCRS has evolved to include partners on the sponsor, CRO and service provider sides of the industry. Parexel is one such partner, working with SCRS as a Global Impact Partner (GIP) to advance clinical research and identify better ways in which we can all work together to achieve our shared goals – bringing research and, ultimately, medicine to patients.

SCRS hosts annual events around the globe where industry-leading education and networking opportunities are provided, including the Global, Asia-Pac, European and Global Oncology Site Solutions Summits. Educational webinars, white papers on current trending industry data, GCP training and access to an online platform to communicate with other member sites are among the many additional SCRS member benefits. In dedication to representing the site voice, SCRS has received several invitations in 2019 to share Site Landscape data and represent the site voice from several major pharmaceutical companies. 

We invite you to join us for the upcoming Global Site Solutions Summit October 11-13 in Hollywood, Florida at the Diplomat Hotel. The Summit will offer over 50 educational sessions covering a variety of topics such as site relationships, budgeting and contracting, study start-up, patient recruitment, and other site-focused programming. Keynote sessions will feature executives from industry-leading organizations, including an in-depth review of SCRS Site Landscape data from myself, Casey Orvin, CRS president.  A multitude of networking breaks and events are also offered, where attendees can learn from and engage with attendees from sites, sponsors, CROs and solution providers in a comfortable, welcoming environment.

Sites are honored throughout the Global Summit through awards such as the Site Patient Recruitment Innovation Award (SPRIA), where sites present their innovative recruitment plans, and the Site Tank Award, where sites present cutting-edge technology ideas. Sponsors and CROs are also honored through the SCRS Eagle Award, awarded annually since 2009 to recognize the sponsor and CRO that are most dedicated to outstanding leadership, professionalism, integrity, operational excellence and a commitment to advancing the clinical research profession through strong site partnerships. SCRS members determine the nominees, and winners are voted on by SCRS member and non-member sites. Voting for the Eagle Award will begin soon.

To receive a $100 discount on your Global Site Solutions Summit registration cost, please enter code PAREXEL100 when registering here.

Before the Global Summit begins, Site Partnership Symposiums are offered on October 10. Hosted by sponsors and CROs, attendance is open only to sites. The Symposiums are designed to provide sites and the hosting organization with a confidential space to learn from each other, share upcoming opportunities and disseminate information to facilitate partnerships. This year, Parexel is hosting a Site Partnership Symposium on October 10, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with both Parexel and industry leaders in interactive sessions designed to spark creativity and elicit your feedback.

We look forward to continuing to engage with you at SCRS Summits, via webinars and SCRS articles, and welcome you to contact us with any questions.