ABC's Board Chair Felix Sogarde, MD, President Barbara Hutchinson, MD, CEO Cassandra McCullough and Research Committee Chair Ola Akinboboye, MD are pleased to announce that a strategic partnership aimed at increasing diversity at the clinical research investigator level has been formed between the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS).
FDA has declared 2016 the "Year of Diversity in Clinical Trials" and SCRS is dedicated to this important public health mission. "Through this partnership SCRS will provide education and mentoring that promote site sustainability while addressing the need to enhance the inclusion of the diverse investigators," said Christine Pierre, president of SCRS. "Diversity at the investigator level is an important part of increasing diversity amongst clinical research participants, which is critical to ensuring effectiveness and safety data is available and reliable across all populations."
"Increasing clinical trial diversity is critically important to eliminating disparities" said Cassandra McCullough, CEO of the ABC. "This very timely and strategic partnership with SCRS -- focusing on investigator diversity -- builds on our previous successes and our longstanding commitment to achieving greater clinical trial diversity, inclusion and health equity."