The British Columbia Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN) is a collaborative partnership of provincial health authorities, universities, industry associations and funding agencies. BCCRIN is focused on transforming the clinical research and clinical trial landscape in British Columbia, thereby enhancing our ability to compete in what has become a highly competitive global marketplace for clinical research. To achieve these goals, we must develop best-in-class research processes and infrastructure to support clinical and translational research personnel and activities.
With the support of BCCRIN’s board and members, on February 29, 2016 the BCCRIN Society was repurposed to establish the new BC Academic Health Science Network Society (BC AHSN) and an interim BC AHSN board was elected. One important role for the BC AHSN is to provide governance for the developing BC SUPPORT Unit.
The work of BCCRIN continues to be explicitly supported in the revised constitution of the BC AHSN and will continue to be advanced through SUPPORT Unit activities. This includes:
- Continuation of BCCRIN’s current work, including: the Canadian Clinical Research Participation Survey, funded in part by the Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC); and working with the CCTCC on the Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM) and model clinical trial agreement initiatives;
- Implementation of a permission to contact platform for BC, which will be funded and advanced as a demonstration project of the BC SUPPORT Unit.
- SoCRA Certification preparation and exam (May 5th, 2016).
BCCRIN representatives will continue to provide strategic advice to BC AHSN on steps needed to continue to strengthen the clinical research infrastructure in BC.