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Best Practices of Communication: How to Communicate with Your CRO and/or Client 

04-22-2020 01:06 PM

Best Practices of Communication: How to Communicate with Your CRO and/or Client

April 22, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM ET

Hosted by American College of Toxicology, presented by the Early Career Professional Subcommittee


Supported by the Safety Pharmacology Society and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology

Moderated by Katherine Duke, Benjamin Elser, and Anna Engstrom

Project Toxicologist: 
Kristina DeSmet, PhD, DABT, United Therapeutics Corporation

Consultant: Amy Mihalchik-Burhans, PhD, RAC, Gad Consulting Services

Study Director: Saurabh Vispute, PhD, DABT, Pfizer

Abstract: Strong communication is critical for the success of a toxicology program. Communicating effectively can keep your program on-track and help you establish long-lasting relationships with your clients and CRO partners. As members of a project development team, project toxicologists, study directors, and consultants work together to ensure a balanced assessment of the risk profile for drug candidates. Project toxicologists are responsible for conveying all project-specific information to partnering study directors to ensure that studies conducted align with the development strategy and that the design and execution of studies are sufficient to support the assessment of safety of a drug. Consulting toxicologists may provide broad expertise in nonclinical safety assessment or serve as a subject matter expert; in either role, they need to be able to communicate pertinent information with the client and CRO. Study directors communicate about the project with internal (study team, management) and external (sponsor, other CROs, consultants) stakeholders and meet project deliverables and milestones. Specifically, the study director oversees various aspects of the project encompassing protocol development, in-life study management in collaboration with the CRO study team, and meeting project deliverables.

In this webinar, we will hear about best practices of communication throughout preclinical toxicology studies from the unique perspectives of a project toxicologist, consultant toxicologist, and study director.

Please listen in to hear how these experienced toxicologists have worked to maintain efficient and timely communications and other lessons learned from their experience in the field.

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