From left: Cheryl Litchfield (Manager, Research Administration, Lawson) and Janet Knechtel (Senior Quality Assurance and Education Officer, Lawson)
One challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the coordination of monitoring visits with clinical research study sponsors. Research institutes and sponsors across the province have had to explore alternate means for monitoring in alignment with public health directives. Normally performed in-person, monitoring visits help ensure that clinical trials are being conducted in a responsible manner and in accordance with sponsor requirements.
At Lawson Health Research Institute, the Quality Assurance and Education Program (QAEP) quickly mobilized to establish remote monitoring solutions and guidance. Led by Cheryl Litchfield (Manager, Research Administration) and Janet Knechtel (Senior Quality Assurance and Education Officer), the team worked with a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure that remote monitoring was safely and effectively implemented.