An important part of our service delivery is the training of professionals to confidently use our systems or understand our science. The following are a few of the training approaches we use at CRAB:

Clinical Site Training

  • Electronic Data Capture user training, Electronic Case Report Form (eCRF) completion guidelines
  • Site Initiation Visits
  • Protocol Adherence Training
  • Investigator/Progress Meetings

Training is customized to the requirements of each individual trial and can be conducted at Investigator Meetings, on-site or via webinar.

After the study is begun, our project managers, data managers and monitors work together with the client to help them understand and utilize the research systems to their fullest capacity.

Investigator Training

John Crowley was instrumental in the development of the Vail Investigators training sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research, as well as training programs within SWOG.  These programs are models for other training CRAB provides - click on a course below for more information.

— SWOG Young Investigators Training Course

A model similar to Vail was developed for SWOG: The SWOG Young Investigators Training Course occurs every September at CRAB. SWOG YIs are selected through an application process after which they are trained in protocol development and statistical considerations of study design, with the expectation that the study developed by each participating investigator will be implemented in SWOG. This program has proven to be important in research and career development for its participants, and provides SWOG a steady stream of fresh protocols from those who are the future of the Group. See for further details on the SWOG Young Investigators Training Course.

— SWOG Clinical Trials Training Course

The SWOG Clinical Trials Training Course (CTTC) for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) provides an overview of SWOG, as well as information pertaining to topics such as the explanation of clinical trials, phases of studies, quality control, quality assurance, ethics and quality of life. Familiarization with the SWOG registration process, forms, and office procedures is included along with a practicum round-table discussion providing CRAs with practice of forms completion, adverse event grading, response assessments, and calculating laboratory values. The CTTC is also available as an online course using Adobe Captivate® software to provide immediate training to new CRAs to the Group as well as to provide a refresher to more experienced members.

— Customized Statistical Design Training

A number of investigators have taken sabbatical at CRAB to collaborate with CRAB Biostatisticians. Others contract with CRAB for biostatistical assistance with their clinical trial. Alternatively clients may contract with CRAB for workshops specific to their program or compound. Topics include:

  • Study Design
  • Endpoint selection
  • Power considerations and power calculations
  • Biostatisitcal considerations of the inclusion of translational, imaging and other data in research
  • Protocol development
  • Interim and final analyses

Scientific Sessions

CRAB scientists present at scientific meetings such as ASCO, World Lung Cancer Conference, Myeloma, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, APSO, SCT, and SOCRA. Watch for CRAB scientists at these conferences and track our plans and progress in News and Events.