E-Newsletter - October 2017

alliance fall group meeting convenes november 2-4

The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology will convene its 2017 Fall Group Meeting in Chicago November 2-4. Scientists, clinical research professionals, patient advocates and others interested in the latest developments in cancer research are expected to attend the four-day meeting at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Meeting attendees will select from nearly 100 disease, modality, administrative and special sessions to attend led by distinguished oncology researchers and clinical trial specialists from across the country. This meeting will showcase novel and innovative cancer control, prevention, and treatment trials that are conducted by investigators through a multidisciplinary academic and community research network, which is part of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Check out the schedule and register today.


17th Annual Jimmie Holland Lecture | Communication Skills Training for Oncology Clinicians: Development, Implementation and Impact
Friday, November 3 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Lecturer: Patricia A. Parker, PhD, Associate Member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Communication Skills Training and Research Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

ry Session
day, November 3 | 10 am-12:30 pm



Welcome and Alliance Updates
Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD
Imaging Biomarkers and the Quantitative Imaging Network (QIN)
Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Robert J. Nordstrom, PhD, Image Guided Intervention Branch of the Cancer Imaging Program,
National Cancer Institute
Lung Cancer Research in the CALGB and Alliance: A Long-Term Perspective
Everett E. Vokes, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center
The Role of the ETRT in the Development of New Drugs for Rare Cancers
Gary K. Schwartz, MD, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center
Phase III Randomized Clinical Trials, Pragmatic Trials and Big Data: What is the Future?
Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Clinical Research Professionals (CRP) Information Session
y, November 2 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Presenters: Jennifer Dill, CCRP, Chair, Alliance Clinical Research Professionals Committee; Michael Kelly, MA, Director, Alliance Protocol Operations; Martha Hering, Project Manager, Clinical Data Management System Support Center, CTSU/Westat; Grace Mishkin, MPH, NCI Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program; Jenny Darcy, CCRP, Director, Alliance Data Coordination Unit; Shauna Hillman, MS, Alliance Statistician; and Laura Covington, MS, CIP, Administrator, NCI CIRB.

CRP Information Breakout Sessions
Thursday, November 2 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm and 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

- Registration and Credential Repository (RCR) Demonstration
- It's All About That RAVE!
- CIRB Short Forms and Website Updates

Audit Preparation Workshop
Thursday, November 2 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenters: Scott Okuno, MD, Chair, Alliance Audit Committee; Barbara Barrett, MS, CCRP, Alliance Audit Program Director; and Alliance Clinical Trials Auditors: Kurombi Wade-Oliver, CCRP; Debra Herzan, RN, OCN, CCRP; and Rosalyn Williams.

Clinical Research Professionals (CRP) Education Session
Friday, November 3 | 8 am - 10 am

Presenters: Jennifer Dill, CCRP, Chair, Alliance Clinical Research Professionals Committee; Barbara Barrett, MS, CCRP, Director, Alliance Audit Program; Frank Sinicrope, MD, Mayo Clinic; Shauna Hillman, MS, Alliance Statistician; Martha Hering, Project Manager, Clinical Data Management System Support Center, CTSU/Westat; and Patricia Spears, Co-Chair, Alliance Patient Advocate Committee.

CRP Education Breakout Sessions
Friday, November 3 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

- Delegation of Tasks Log (DTL) Demonstration
- AFT Monitoring vs Auditing
- CTSU Reports

CRP and Oncology Nursing Open Forum
Friday, November 3 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

CRP Surgery Education Session
Friday, November 3 | 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Presenters: Jaime Crow, MS, CCRP, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Caroline Chung, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mark Watson. MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine; Isabelle Bedrosian, MD, FACS, MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Roberto Benzo, MD, Mayo Clinic.
- Alliance A221208 (Randomized phase II study: Corticosteroids + bevacizumab vs. corticosteroids + placebo (BeSt) for radionecrosis after radiosurgery for brain metastases)
- Biobanking in Alliance Trials/BioMS
- Alliance A011104 (Effect of preoperative breast MRI on surgical outcomes, costs and quality of life of women with breast cancer)
- Alliance A221502 (Pulmonary rehabilitation before lung cancer resection)

Alliance Foundation Trials (AFT) Sessions
AFT Information Session - Thursday, November 3 | 8 am - 9 am
AFT Site Management - Thursday, November 3 | 9 am - 10 am
AFT 25: COMET Investigator Meeting - Thursday, November 3 | 10:30 - 12:30 pm
AFT 32 - Thursday, November 2 | 11 am - 12 pm
AFT Systems Training and Review - Thursday, November 2 | 2 pm - 3 pm
AFT 39 - Thursday, November 2 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
AFT 05 - Thursday, November 2 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
AFT 27 - Thursday, November 2 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AFT 17 - Frriday, November 3 | 9 am - 10 am
AFT 42 - Friday, November 4 | 12 pm - 1 pm
AFT 07 - Friday, November 4 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
AFT 16 - Friday, November 4 | 2:30 pm - 4 pm
AFT 19 - Friday, November 4 | 12 pm - 1 pm
AFT 28 - Friday, November 4 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
AFT 41 - Friday, November 4 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
AFT 08 - Saturday, November 5 | 9 am - 10 am
AFT 23 - Saturday, November 5 | 10 am - 11 am
AFT 09 - Saturday, November 5 | 12:30 pm 1 pm
AFT 31 - Saturday, November 5 | 1 pm - 2 pm

Alliance Poster Session and Reception
Friday, November 3 | 6 pm- 9 pm

This session will feature posters of all Alliance and AFT trials that are actively accruing patients. The session will illustrate to all attendees the exciting work underway by Alliance researchers. These scientific poster presentations will be an integral part of the attendee experience.

Continuing Education Credits
SOCRA Credit -
A total of 88.5 credits hours will be offered, including concurrent sessions, at this meeting. To receive SOCRA credit, attendees must fill out
an online survey after the Group meeting concludes to record their attendance and receive a certificate of attendance.
ONA Credit - A total of 13.75 contact hours have been submitted for approval. To receive ONA credit, attendees must scan into sessions to record their
attendance  and complete a required survey e-mailed to them after the meeting.

Alliance on Social Media
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