About the Society
A Message from 2018-2019 SCT President, Sumithra Mandrekar, PhD
Hello fellow SCTians,
It is my distinct pleasure and honor to serve as president of this prestigious society. SCT is a unique multidisciplinary society with membership spanning multiple disciplines that are all critical to the field of clinical trials: biostatistics, Clinical areas, IT and systems, data management, regulatory bodies, protocol management, patient advocates, health outcomes researchers, and many others. Our members come from academia, industry, government and non-profit research and advocacy groups. Personally, I have benefitted greatly from being an active member of this society and participating in the annual meetings. I am deeply honored to serve as your president this upcoming year.
The Society for Clinical Trials is a scientific, educational, and charitable organization whose mission is to work internationally to advance human health through advocating the use of clinical trials, leading the development and dissemination of optimal methods and practices in clinical trials, and educating and developing clinical trial professionals. We accomplish this mission through our annual scientific meeting, which includes invited and contributed sessions, poster presentations, and educational short courses and workshops; our highly regarded journal Clinical Trials; our ongoing webinar series; and our many outreach activities. Thank you to each of you who participate in the society's activities and present in our annual meeting - this is a great educational opportunity for all of us engaged in clinical trials conduct and research.
A strategic planning taskforce met earlier this year to review the mission and vision of our society and put forth recommendations for the next 3 years for our society. This was presented and approved by the SCT Board and Executive committee at the May annual meeting. The main focus areas will be: diversifying and expanding our membership, and nurturing the next generation of society leadership.
Have you considered becoming a member? Your membership in the SCT provides many benefits, including a subscription to the SCT journal Clinical Trials, access to our popular webinar series, and our online membership directory. Please avail yourself of the opportunities offered by membership and encourage your colleagues and students to become members in our dynamic organization. Besides being a cancer biostatistician engaged in the design and conduct of clinical trials, I am very involved in the systems and data management aspects of clinical trials including data monitoring, data quality and database infrastructure needs. I would like to encourage young minds to become actively involved with our society so we can grow the next generation of clinical trialists. I am excited to begin my term and will work closely with the executive committee, the board, and the broader SCT leadership and membership on your behalf. See you all in the beautiful city of New Orleans in 2019 as we celebrate the society's 40th year!
Please also do not hesitate to contact me with your suggestions, ideas, and comments.
Sumithra Mandrekar, PhD
SCT President 2018-2019
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