The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), a public-private partnership co-founded by Duke University and the FDA, is reimaging and reshaping the future of clinical trials. And critical to the success of building higher-quality, more efficient trials is understanding the needs and perspectives of patients and caregivers.
One of many ways that CTTI engages with and integrates patients into our work is by having patient/caregiver representatives on our Steering Committee. Now, through 11:59 p.m. ET, Sun., Nov. 22, we are accepting applications for this position. We are looking for patients or caregivers who are self-starters, have personal experience and familiarity with clinical trials, and can work with stakeholders across the research community.
CTTI Steering Committee patient/caregiver representatives contribute ideas for projects, participate in their conduct and analysis, and are committed to disseminating CTTI recommendations and encouraging adoption of system changes that will improve the efficiency of clinical trials. Our membership of approximately 80 organizations comprises various parties including academic research organizations, patient groups, industry, government, institutional review boards (IRBs) and investigators among others. Together, we develop and drive adoption of practices that will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical trials.
If, after reviewing CTTI’s website, project portfolio, and expectations (below) you are interested in working with CTTI to find new ways to improve and streamline clinical trials, we invite you to apply to be a patient or caregiver representative.
Now more than ever, we need your unique viewpoint as a patient or caregiver to help ensure that the system-wide transformation we are making to the clinical trials landscape will benefit public health. I hope you will consider applying to be a part of this exciting partnership.
Pamela Tenaerts, MD, MBA
Executive Director, Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative
Before applying, individuals should review the following information to understand the expectations of the position:
Selection Criteria for Patient/Caregiver Representatives
Patient or caregiver with:
Willingness to commit time and effort to CTTI’s mission and projects
Ability to work proactively and be a self-starter
Understanding of clinical trials system and regulations
Previous experience with efforts to improve clinical trials
Experience working in a constructive manner with diverse stakeholders
Well-positioned within the advocacy community to gather input for CTTI initiatives and communicate CTTI's work to the patient/caregiver community and others within the clinical trials ecosystem
Public speaking skills and experience desirable
Expectations for Patient/Caregiver Representatives
Support CTTI's mission within patient advocacy communities
Represent the individual patient/caregiver experience
Attend and actively participate in CTTI Steering Committee meetings, webinars, and conference calls (travel stipend may be provided for in-person meetings)
2 annual meetings in DC area (Sept/Oct and Mar/Apr)
Participate in CTTI projects
Serve as an active member and/or co-leader for at least one project team
Provide patient/caregiver voice for other CTTI project activities as appropriate
Seek opportunities to promote and engage others in CTTI’s work and in implementing CTTI’s recommendations
3-year term with opportunity to be extended based on participation and performance
CTTI values collaboration, constructive dialogue, mutual respect, and solution-oriented thinking. Thus, CTTI reserves the right to bring a term to close early should a representative not be a good fit with the organizational values or fail to meet the expectations listed above.