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Clinical Trials Ontario Conference 2019

Keynote speaker Jesse Hirsh addresses nearly 500 delegates at the 2019 CTO Conference

On March 27 and 28, 2019, Clinical Trials Ontario conference brought together nearly 500 members of the clinical research community, including leaders from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, academic and healthcare leaders, representatives from patient groups, health charities and research institutions from Canada and the US.

Hosting the annual conference is just one of the ways that CTO improves the climate for clinical trials in Ontario and attracts business to the province.

Clinical Trials Today and Tomorrow

Clinical trials are continuing to evolve as new technology and approaches to research come onto the scene. Speakers at the 2019 conference discussed how we can improve clinical trials today while preparing the ground for an even stronger clinical trials environment in the future.

Harnessing artificial intelligence, improving patient engagement, and streamlining clinical research were key topics at this year’s CTO conference.

Conference Agenda

This agenda had a strong focus on leveraging collaboration and digital technology to improve efficiencies and attract more clinical trials to the province.  Browse the 2019 CTO Conference Agenda 

Speakers and Innovation Showcase

We had a great line up of speakers and panelists, as well as our first annual Innovation Showcase, which enabled Ontario-based health start-ups to connect with guests and generate partnerships. See the 2019 CTO Conference Speaker and Innovation Showcase List


CTO also held two hands-on workshops on March 26 leading into the conference. “Tools and Resources to Improve Clinical Trials through Patient Oriented Research” provided a foundation for what patient-oriented research and patient engagement are, as well as tools and resources to engage patients in new ways with their own work in clinical trials.

Consenting Patients with Confidence: A Research Ready Workshop” examined best practices for consenting patients in a modern, fast moving clinical trial environment with a strong emphasis on the patient-perspective, regulations, privacy and legal aspects. It was also an opportunity to learn about CTO’s new Research Ready platform! 

Clinical Trials Ontario conference 2019
A by-the-numbers look at CTO Conference 2019

Conference Stories 

Keeping the Science Ahead of Me: Perspectives on Clinical Trials 

Health research isn’t a luxury. For many, it’s a necessity. In these videos, speakers at the 2019 conference share their unique perspectives on the critical need for ongoing clinical research and how we, as a clinical
trials community, can best support the development of, and access to, better therapies for patients. 


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