The Clinical Research Associate (CRA) works at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and enrolls pediatric cancer patients in potentially lifesaving clinical trials. The CRA also assists with protocol guidelines, writes the regulatory components, coordinates the essential documents, collaborates with the research nurse and pharmacist, works closely with pathology and radiology staff, reviews study eligibility, performs data abstraction, and much more. Without clinical trials and the CRAs who help direct them, new treatments and possibly cures may never be found. The Seany Foundation is honored to fund such an important program.
“Mortality rates for childhood cancer have declined by 66% over the past four decades, from 6.5 (per 100,000) in 1969 to 2.2 in 2008. The substantial progress in reducing childhood cancer mortality is largely attributable to improvements in treatment and high rates of participation in clinical trials.” (cancer.org)