CGX Training is a specialist training provider offering courses to Clinical Trial Professionals (CTPs).
We work with companies seeking to train their staff and individuals pursuing a career in clinical trials who need Continuous Professional Development (CPD). CGX also offers consultancy services to the clinical research industry to ensure the safety, quality and cost-efficiency of clinical trials.
Dr Lia Hunter, founder and Managing Director of CGX Training, tells the very personal story of how she learned about the value of well-conducted clinical trials.
In 2008 my father became ill, with significant weight loss, pain and a general feeling of being unwell. I took him to his GP, and our family received the news which so many families dread; he had cancer. More specifically, prostate cancer.
By coincidence, my sister and I worked for a pharmaceutical company as Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) on a prostate cancer trial for innovative oral medicine. At the time, most prostate cancer treatments required injections of traditional chemotherapies.
One day, I talked to my father's consultant about the drug treatment on my clinical trial. He said he'd heard good things about it and was keen for it to be available as he felt several of his patients could benefit from it. He mentioned it was one of the most impactful discoveries in this specialised area for many decades.
It excited me to hear this as I was involved in this study since its inception. For the first time, I understood the value of my role in a much-needed and ground-breaking medicine to the people who needed it most. My father was chuffed too. Up until then, he hadn't had a clue what my work was all about.
Clinical trials are complex, involving multiple processes and specialists. For all the obvious reasons, they're subject to strict governance.
If the integrity of a trial is compromised in any way, no matter how good the treatment, the trial will fail. And the treatment will not be made available. Training the professionals involved in clinical trials ensures trials conducted are safe and effective to maximise the potential for successful outcomes.
Driven by this realisation, I founded CGX training to address the growing need for more highly trained and skilled clinical trial professionals.
And my father? He survived a further six years from his diagnosis and maintained a good quality of life until his passing in 2014.
Every day, clinical trial professionals must deal with issues around patient safety. They must manage the integrity of clinical data and ensure compliance with regulations and processes. It's a complex environment with little or no room for error. A Clinical Research Associate is the organisation's eyes and ears.
Their job is to conduct trials correctly, follow regulations, ensure patients are safe and that their rights and well-being are not in any way compromised and that the data output is credible.
Many courses that teach the theory of clinical trials don't address what happens on a day-to-day basis. In a CGX course, theory and practical application go hand-in-hand.
We show where the theory applies in the real-life setting. We review the standards and regulations in the context of the role and everyday responsibilities. In our view, this better prepares the trainee for the real-life scenario beyond the classroom.
Book a free consultation with our Head Trainer to find out more about our courses and the best fit for your future career in clinical research.