Designed to challenge, recognise and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic researchers, the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year is a rigorous, real world competition that attracts entrants from all over the globe.

Comprising three-stages, the competition offers a unique opportunity for professionals working within the research fraternity to benchmark their skills against their peers in a learning environment, and have them judged by an independent steering committee of high-level industry leaders.

The categories in this flagship competition have been designed so clinical researchers at all levels in their career can enter, develop and be rewarded for their efforts. A fantastic way to gain professional recognition from senior clinical operations leaders and key stakeholders, leading to career progression and development, all finalists receive qualitative and quantitative feedback from the judges together with a signed Certificate of Achievement.

Akifah Mia of Covance scooped Aspiring Clinical Research Associate of the Year Gold in 2017.  Looking back at the experience, she says: “Entering the PharmaTimes competition gave me an opportunity to learn, about the industry, the associated expectations, and about myself. The competition is a true development opportunity in every sense- It’s amazing what you can discover about yourself . You never know what you can achieve if you take a step outside of your comfort zone.”

Lauren Davidson, assistant clinical research associate at AbbVie, was awarded Silver at the 2017 event. She says: “What I gained most was knowledge and expertise as I had to undergo a lot of self-learning and research in my own time in order to pass the exam and generate an accurate and competitive essay. The experience definitely highlighted gaps in my knowledge but at the same time gave me vast amounts of confidence in my current abilities as I was given some great feedback from the judges.”

James Battisti, project analyst, clinical vendor management, PR Health Sciences was awarded Clinical Trial Administrator of the Year Gold at the 2017 event. He says:It was very humbling to be recongised by industry stalwarts.  To know that your hard work and aptitude is not only appreciated by my colleagues but also by other industry leaders is very rewarding.  It is also very satisfying to know that I played my part in our company winning the overall award.  It was definitely an enjoyable experience from the first to the last stage, made even sweeter by taking home the gong.”

Round 1 of the competition is an online multiple-choice questionnaire prepared by the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) consisting of 20 questions based on ICH/GCP questions. This is no more than a couple of hours work and the pass mark to move forward to Round 2 is 80%.

Successful candidates from stage one are invited to complete the 'Clinical Challenge' devised by the competition's executive steering committee, with the top performers going on to take part in the finals.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in London next May.

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