About the ACORD Protocol Development Workshop
The ACORD Protocol Development Workshop is a 1-week, intensive, interactive, problem-oriented, training program focused on the essentials of cancer clinical trials research. It is aimed at early career clinicians from the Asia Pacific. ACORD Protocol Development Workshops have been held every 2 years since 2004.
The goals of the ACORD Initiative are to train early career oncology clinicians in excelllent clincial research methods and to propel the region forward in oncology research.
The goal of the ACORD Protocol Development Workshop is to help each participant turn their good idea for a study into a successful clinical cancer research protocol. A successful protocol is one that results in a reported study answering an important clinical question.
The aims of the ACORD Initiative include:
Educating early career clinicians about the principles of good clinical trial design and conduct
Exposing participants to the full spectrum of opportunities and challenges in clinical research
Encouraging research across the spectrum of oncologic interventions including surgery, radiation, psychosocial interventions, supportive care, prevention, chemotherapy and targeted agents.
Encouraging early career clinicians to participate and develop careers in clinical research
Increasing regional capacity in clinical cancer research
Improving the quality of clinical cancer research and patient care in the Asia-Pacific
Fostering multidisciplinary collaboration and facilitation of clinical trials and research
Fostering international collaboration in the Asia-Pacific
The workshop is designed to help participants develop a successful clinical research protocol:
Internationally renowned Faculty with expertise in clinical research methods and biostatistics
Lectures on the principles of designing and conducting high-quality clinical trials
Daily, interactive, Protocol Development Group sessions in which participants present their proposed clinical research study and get feedback from faculty and colleagues
Small Group Discussion sessions on specific areas of methodological interest, eg pharmacology, immunotherapy, patient-rated outcomes, survey methods
One-on-one sessions with indivdual faculty members to provide guidance and discussion o n protocol development, career development, and future opportunities.
Topics covered include:
- Global cancer research
- How to write a concept outline
- Principles of clinical trials design
- Phase I trial, phase 2 trials, phase 3 trials
- Biostatistics for phase 1, 2 and 3 trials
- How to write a study protocol.
- How to write an analysis plan
- Big E epidemiology
- Supportive care and quality of life research
- Translational research
- Health Services Research
- Principles of pharmacology
- Outcome measures for clinical trials
- Multi-modality trials
- Clinical trials of biological agents
- Ethics and research
- Qualitative research
- Writing a study report
- Getting funding for research
Time and Venue
The ACORD 2016 Protocol Development Workshop will be held September 11-16, at Magenta Shores, Tuggerah, New South Wales, Australia.