ACRC – working groups

Working Group Descriptions

Alberta Advantage
Create opportunities for the Alberta Clinical Research Consortium and related provincial initiatives to showcase clinical health research in Alberta. Perform an environmental scan of assets, resources and infrastructure of clinical departments enabled to support clinical research.

Clinical Health Research in the Community
Build the capacity of community-based physicians and clinical/research staff in clinical health research. This working group will:

  • Create opportunities for community physicians and staff to network;
  • Co-develop tools and templates to assist in building a clinical health research program in the community setting;
  • Provide guidance and best practice for CHR in the community through a community of practice group; and
  • Create opportunities to build partnerships between researchers and their teams with funders, sponsors and investors.

e-Solutions (Paperless Study Management)
Develop guidance, tools and templates around the rapidly changing digital environment including e-reg binder, Computer System Validation, digital data management, and e-informed consent.

Glossary and Common Terminology
Maintain the current Glossary and Common Terminology and bi-annually review suggested terms for inclusion in the Glossary to avoid ambiguity in the province.

Indicator Working Group
Develop clear, concise provincial indicators that showcase Alberta’s strengths and abilities. Then showcase the Alberta research community through a dashboard of provincial clinical health research indicators.

Legal (Ad Hoc)
Standardize legal review guidelines for contracts and agreements related to clinical research by producing and/or supporting:

  • a Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement resource template;
  • a model clinical trial agreement;
  • an efficient signatory process for Clinical Trial Agreements;
  • coordinated contract negotiations for multi-site industry-sponsored studies; and
  • a clearer flow of information between investigators and legal review departments.

Provincial Training
Develop provincial standards and opportunities for clinical research training by establishing:

  • a pan-Alberta clinical research training program;
  • an investigator- initiated study toolbox; and
  • a clinical research space for sharing best practices, tools, resources, upcoming events and networking.

Privacy (ad hoc)
Explore areas within the initiatives that have privacy implications and identify potential strategies to address those areas; and explore opportunities and strategies on how to move forward together.

Tiger Team
Investigate and/or solve inter-organizational hand-offs on clinical research administrative processes that are:

  • seamless, timely, consistent and standardized;
  • common across institutions;
  • meets standards; and
  • are benchmarked nationally and internationally.

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