Congratulations to Julie Weston, BScN 7T6, for her selection as a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT). Julie is only the second nurse to receive the recognition, as well as just the second trial coordinator.
The Society established the title in 2006 to acknowledge and recognize members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of clinical trials and who have the admiration of an entire generation of peers. Candidates, who were nominated by their peers, were evaluated on the basis of their contributions to the advancement of clinical trials.
“I’m incredibly honoured to receive this recognition,” says Julie. “It’s a privilege to be considered amongst those who I hold in such esteem and I look forward to continuing the essential work that led to my selection by the SCT.”
Julie is the Senior Trial Coordinator in the Randomized Controlled Trials Unit at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Her clinical practice was as a staff nurse in various perinatal settings, including labour and delivery, and neonatal intensive care. She has served as a trial coordinator for large, international, multi-centre clinical trials for 17 years and has acted as a coordinator for 15 trials to date. Julie’s trial coordination role includes interactions with clinical sites, data management, communication with the web provider and data analyst, and budget management. Current trials include studies about immigrant mothers, epilepsy and sleep. She became an SCT member in 1991.
The SCT is an international, professional organization dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge about the design, conduct and analysis of government and industry-sponsored clinical trials, and related health care research methodologies. Membership consists of professionals from academia, government and private industry who are behavioural scientists, bioethicists, biostatisticians, clinical coordinators, computer scientists, data managers, epidemiologists, nurses, pharmacologists and physicians. With this acknowledgement, Julie joins the ranks of Curt Meinert, David Sackett, Stan Shaprio and Salim Yusuf.