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Webinar: Are Delays in Clinical Trials due to a lack of Experienced CRAs?

by Craig Morgan

Save your seat for this upcoming webinar! The clinical research industry is experiencing a concerning global shortage of experienced Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), with many sponsors and CROs finding themselves in a never-ending recruitment cycle.

Webinar: Are Delays in Clinical Trials due to a lack of Experienced CRAs?

Title: Are Delays in Clinical Trials due to a lack of Experienced CRAs?


In an industry plagued by rising development costs, extended timelines, and increasing complexities, to what extent is the CRA shortage to blame for the delays in clinical trials? What are the causes of the CRA workforce shortage? Consequences and solutions? The webinar will focus on these issues and bottlenecks that contribute to delays that are outside of the CRA control.

In this webinar we will explore:

  • CRA shortage: A contributing factor or root cause in clinical trial delays?
  • Causes of CRA workforce shortage
  • What are the consequences of CRA workforce shortage?
  • Potential solutions
  • What bottlenecks are outside of CRA control which contribute to trial delays?
  • Using technology to pinpoint and track issues

This webinar is applicable to:

  • Sponsor and CRO roles responsible for site selection
  • Sponsor and CRO roles responsible for collecting and evaluating site metrics
  • Investigator site personnel responsible for feasibility responses to the Sponsor


Tuesday, November 29
1 pm ET
10 am PT

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Terri Hinkley
Deputy Executive Director
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Terri was hired by ACRP in 2013 as the Deputy Executive Director. She's been an ACRP member since 1997, an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) since 1999, and an active leader in ACRP global and Canadian initiatives for many years. Terri is a former senior clinical research operations professional with 21 years of clinical and industry experience, coupled with 29 years in acute care nursing in the healthcare setting.

Terri was a clinical research consultant and program coordinator for the clinical research curriculum at Seneca College prior to her current ACRP position. She successfully implemented a clinical operations program while Director of Clinical Operations at Helix BioPharma Corp. in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. She has also worked in leadership roles for Anapharm Inc., Apotex Inc., and Biovail Corp. International; works in the Rouge Valley Health System Emergency Department in Ontario; was an instructor for the Michener Institute's Clinical Research Associate Program; program coordinator for Seneca College's clinical research program; and was a founding member of the Canadian Association for Independent Clinical Research.

Terri received her RN from Centennial College, BScN from York University, an Executive MBA from Athabasca University, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education Executive Leadership Program at the George Washington University.
Maria Ladd
Senior Manager, Essential Document Collection and Submissions
Clinical Division
inVentiv Health
Maria has been in the CRO industry since 2006 with a primary focus on the activation of research sites. Maria currently manages site-facing staff with inVentiv Health; her strong rapid study start-up background, which includes both site activation and a global lead role, provides insight for real-world resolution of the obstacles both research sites and CRO staff encounter.

Maria is passionate for the industry and optimizing efficient operations of CROs to deliver high quality services to sponsors and, ultimately, research subjects. Maria is a leader in the training and retention of key talent and is heavily involved in company initiatives, training and process improvement and development.
Jaime Lau
Director, Product Management
Jaime is a clinical trial and innovative product strategist, experienced in building, evolving and implementing market-leading technology solutions for many of the world's leading pharmaceutical, biotech, research and medical device organizations. Her passion is transforming study management and trial execution processes through the creation of optimized business processes, which are supported by facilitating systems – allowing sponsor and investigator teams to meet their patient and clinical program goals faster and more efficiently.

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