ACT operating committee (partial)

More than 350 researchers and support organizations from across the country, along with representatives of the Canadian biotechnology industry, gathered this week to collaborate on ways to streamline and accelerate clinical trials at a two-day event held by the ACT/AEC consortium.

The following Tweets are just some of the highlights of the first annual meeting of the pan-Canadian on April 17 and 18 in Hamilton, Ontario, kicked off by co-chairs PHRI Senior Scientist, PJ Devereaux  and Guy Rouleau, of Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.

Opening the first day was keynote speaker, Oxford University clinical trialist, Martin Landray, who was involved in the game-changing RECOVERY trial so early and effectively out of the gate to address the COVID-19 global health crisis.

See the full agenda here (PDF).

Many of the highly specialized committees already formed within the consortium made presentations, including ACT operating committee (AOC) members Amit Garg and Louise Pilote, co-chairs of the ACT Scientific Committee.


Two other members of the ACT operating committee – Dean Fergusson and Stuart Nicholls – attended the event, and answered question about their organization at their booth, shown here.

A unique feature of the event was the inclusion of a partnership in development between the ACT consortium and Shoppers Drug Mart, the national chain of pharmacies.


Representatives from some of the 28 research networks formally part of the ACT consortium attended the event and had exhibitor booths, including the Canadian Medication Appropriateness and Deprescribing Network (CADeN) and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG). See all the networks.

Dozens of short presentations were made by Canadian biotechnology industry – both startups and more established companies – pitching their technologies and applications to the ballroom full of clinical trialists.

ACT/AEC pan-Canadian clinical trials consortium attendees of 1st annual meeting, April 17-18, 2023, in Hamilton, Ontario. Photos: Greening Media

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