Meeting book

Congratulations to the University of Kansas Cancer Center – Masonic Cancer Alliance Minority Underserved Rural NCORP (KUCC-MCA) for the 2023 Alliance Spring Virtual Group Meeting Book cover design. Led by Priyanka Sharma, MD, and Gary Doolittle, MD, the KUCC-MCA NCORP aims to expand the reach of cancer clinical trials to rural communities in its Kansas and Missouri catchment area. The KUCC-MCA NCORP is comprised of 17 sub-affiliate sites throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and rural Kansas. The meeting book is available on the Alliance member website. Click here.

What to expect

The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology will convene the 2023 Alliance Spring Virtual Group Meeting May 3-6.

The four-day meeting will host a variety of scientific and administrative sessions led by distinguished oncology researchers, clinical trial specialists, and administrators from across the country. It will showcase novel and innovative cancer control, prevention, and treatment trials conducted by investigators through a multidisciplinary academic and community research network, as part of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

All attendees must register in advance to attend the meeting and to gain virtual access to each Group meeting session. As a reminder, registrants must log in to the meeting website/app using the same credentials used to register to access and browse open sessions, view agendas and presentations, connect with other attendees, and more. Note: Closed sessions are by invitation only and information will not be visible on the website/app.  For meeting and registration questions, please e-mail AllianceTravel@bwh.harvard.edu.

Take a closer look.

Plan accordingly. View the meeting schedule.
Check out a few meeting highlights below.
All times noted are Central Standard Time (CST).

PLENARY SESSION :: Friday, May 5, 10:30 am-12 pm

Welcome and Announcements

Suzanne George, MD
Interim Group Chair
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology


Olwen Hahn, MD
Director and Principal Invesitgator
Alliance Central Protocol Operations Program

Guest Lectures

“Updates from the Alliance Lymphoma Committee:
Impact Through Collaboration and Mentorship”

John P. Leonard, MD
Chair, Alliance Lymphoma Committee
Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology
NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center

“Alliance Patient Advocate Committee:
Impact and Priorities”

Patty Spears
Chair, Alliance Patient Advocate Committee

*** Results of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Group Chair Election will be announced at the end of the session. ***


The Clinical Research Professionals (CRP) Orientation (Wednesday, May 3 | 10 am-12 pm) is targeted to CRPs, including data managers, clinical research coordinators, regulatory coordinators, and research nurses, within their first 18 months of oncology research or their first 18 months of affiliation with Alliance trials. This session provides an opportunity to learn about the Alliance organizational structure, the Alliance protocol template, eligibility check best practices, and CRP resources on the Alliance website. Alliance CRP Breakout Sessions complement the information provided in the orientation session.

:: CRP Breakout: AE Assessments and Dose Modifications (Wednesday, May 3 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)
:: CRP Breakout: AE Reporting Including SAE Integration (Wednesday, May 3 | 2 pm-3 pm) 
:: CRP Breakout: RECIST (Wednesday, May 3 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm)

The CRP Information Session (Thursday, May 4 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm) will provide information to CRPs, including clinical research coordinators, data managers, regulatory coordinators, and research nurses, about Alliance updates and resources. The session will be moderated by Jennifer Dill, CCRP, Chair, Alliance Clinical Research Professionals Committee. Presentations will include:

:: Alliance Chicago Office Updates from Trini Ajazi, MM, Alliance Chief Operating Officer
:: Accessing Alliance Quality of Life Surveys from Colleen Watt, Director, Alliance Protocol Operations
:: Alliance Statistics and Data Management Center Update from Jenny Darcy, Director, Alliance SDMC Data Coordination Unit
:: CTSU Updates including details about ID.me and troubleshooting tips on the required identity proofing and multifactor authentication application
:: NCI Updates from Andrea Denicoff, RN, MS, ANP, Head, NCTN Clinical Trials Operations, National Cancer Institute

The CRP Education Session (Friday, May 5 | 8 am-10 am) will include an overview of Alliance A022102 (Metastatic HER2- Gastroesophageal Adenocarcinoma) by Study Chair Haeseong Park, MD, MPH, and the following presentations: "Training Resources Available on CTSU and CLASS" by CTSU staff; "Research Operations Initiative Update" by Jennifer Dill, CCRP, Alliance CRP Committee Chair, and Connie Szczepanek, RN, CCRP, SWOG Oncology Research Professionals Chair; and "Audit Updates: The Edicational Experience" from Kurombi Wade-Oliver, CCRP, Alliance Quality Management and Audit Program.

:: CRP Breakout: BioMS (Thursday, May 4 | 3 pm-4:30 pm)
:: CRP Breakout: CTEP-AERs (Friday, May 5 | 12:30 pm -1:30 pm)
:: CRP Breakout: Lung Cancer Overview (Friday, May 5 | 2 pm-3 pm)
:: CRP Breakout: Registration Trials (Friday, May 5 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm)


Oncology Nursing Education Session :: 
Thursday, May 4 | 9 am-11 am
Oncology Nursing/CRP Open Forum :: Thursday, May 4 | 11 am-12 pm
Calling all CRPs and Research Nurses to attend this open forum to discuss changes in oncology research, challenges.  This is an opportunity to find out how other sites are addressing challenges and to share with how your site is handling recent changes in oncology research.


This interactive session will be presented by Alliance Quaility Management and Regulatory Compliance's Jean Gibson, MSN, Associate Director, Quality Management, and Stephanie Couch, Senior Quality Manager. The session is for CRPs, including data managers, clinical research coordinators, regulatory coordinators and research nurses who work on registration trials and are new in their roles or who would like more information on best practices. It will provide an overview of the requirements for conducting registration trials, including extra efforts involved. In addition, best practices and guidance for conducting these trials will be discussed.


Thursday, May 4
8:30 am-9:30 am :: AFT Lung Cancer Studies: AFT-46, AFT-57, AFT-61
11 am-12 pm :: AFT-38 PATINA
12 pm-1 pm :: AFT-58 HARMONIA
3 pm-4:30 pm :: AFT Overview and Updates*

Friday, May 5
9 am-10 am :: AFT-25 COMET
1 pm-2 pm :: AFT-65/ASCENT-05

1 pm-2 pm :: AFT-63 and AFT-64: DELFI-L101 and DELFI-L201
2 pm-3 pm :: AFT-50 EndoMAP
4:30 pm-5:30 pm "" AFT GU Studies: 19/47
(Sessions are closed to Alliance members only; except where * noted)



RN, OCN, ARNP - ONA Credit - The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) is the largest approver unit of CE credit in the country, accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To receive ONA credit, attendees must complete a required survey e-mailed to them after the meeting.

CCRP - SoCRA Credit - The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) provides training, continuing education, and an internationally recognized certification program that promotes quality clinical research to protect the welfare of research participants and improve global health. To receive SoCRA credit, attendees must complete a required survey e-mailed to them after the meeting.

For more information about continuing education credits, contact Matt Corso (Alliance Training and Adminsitrative Program Specialist) at mcorso@alliancenctn.org


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