Clinical Research Week 2024

The Office of Clinical Research in partnership with the PSOM Society of Clinical Research Professionals will be hosting a weeklong celebration of our Clinical Research Professionals (CRPs) and will observe the International Clinical Trials Awareness Day during the week of May 20, 2024. Clinical Research Week is designed to demonstrate our unwavering support of our >1,200 Clinical Research Professionals and to celebrate their contributions. 

Join us at Research Recruitment tables on May 21st (Pavilion building lobby at 1:30PM) and May 22nd (SMILOW, 9am- 4PM). Speak with patients, families, caregivers about your research study and hand out flyers. Email Office of Clinical Research at  to reserve a time-slot at the table.

Ordered “Ask Me About Research” buttons and brochures are currently being shipped and scheduled for pick up. Please email OCR at


Clinical Research Week Calendar of Events


High five virtual flash mob

Send a virtual appreciation message to your clinical research colleague/s, teams.


Seminar "Community Engagement Matters" (in person event)

As part of Clinical Research Week; Penn Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are collaborating to host an in-person seminar titled “Community Engagement Matters” on May 21st 2024. We invite all Clinical Research Professionals to attend and support our research teams, patients and their families.

This seminar aims to highlight community-based clinical research studies and projects at Penn and CHOP, and related resources. Speakers are Penn and CHOP clinical research investigators and their teams. The event will also include a moderated panel discussion with Penn and CHOP research teams, patient/ family partners and community advocates. 

Location: SMILOW SCTR at 1:30- 3:45 PM EST.



CREATE Award ceremony (in person event)

The Society for Penn Clinical Research Professionals (SPCRP, formerly The Society for Clinical Research Coordination and Management) is excited to combine with Clinical Research Week 2024 and host the CREATE Awards for Clinical Research Expertise & Advancement Through Excellence.

Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR) Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium.

Doors open for ceremony:  12pm

A networking lunch will be hosted after the award ceremony in the Smilow Commons, around 1:30PM. Lunch will be accompanied by poster presentations from Clinical Research Professionals.

Space is limited. Please RSVP soon!

CREATE Award Categories:

  1. Distinguished Performance in a Clinical Research Coordinator or Research Assistant Role – recognizes CRPs with varied responsibilities in coordinating clinical trials including working with patients
  2. Distinguished Performance in a Research Role with Clinical Licensurerecognizes CRPs who apply their clinical expertise to promote safe data collection from patients
  3. Distinguished Performance in a Regulatory or Monitoring & Compliance Rolerecognizes CRPs who use expert knowledge of regulatory standards to promote patient safety and data integrity
  4. Distinguished Performance in a Data Management and Informatics Rolerecognizes CRPs who facilitate the collection and security of clinical data
  5. Distinguished Performance in a Research Administrative or Financial Officer Rolerecognizes CRPs who manage the budgetary and/or logistical systems that facilitate clinical research
  6. Excellence in Leadership of Clinical Research Professionals – recognizes mentors and leaders of CRPs who share knowledge and advocate for their colleagues
  7. Clinical Research Professional Lifetime Achievement Awardrecognizes CRPs who have dedicated their careers to the success of clinical research at Penn Medicine
  8. Innovations in Clinical Research Operations Award – recognizes groups or individuals who build systems that improve how we conduct clinical research at Penn Medicine  

Clinical Research Professional Poster session (in person event)

Accepted posters will be displayed after the CREATE awards ceremony, in the SMILOW Commons area. Please join your colleagues in an interactive discussion about clinical research.

Time: 1:30PM- 3PM

Posters will be on the following topics, related to clinical research execution:

  • Research Ethics & Protection of Research Participants
  • Informed Consent
  • Protocol Development, Review, and Approval
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Clinical Research Professional and Research Team
  • Participant-Focused Case Discussion
  • Exemplary partnerships, collaborations, and teamwork in Clinical Research
  • Investigator-Initiated Trials
  • Clinical Research Professional development


Insights and Inspirations in Clinical Research.

Watch a collection of podcasts and educational offerings.
  • Podcasts called CureTalks@Penn, highlighting Penn Medicine clinical research teams.


Feel Good Friday

Take advantage of Penn HR Wellness activities

  • Setting Yourself Up for Success at Summer Parties with Dr. Lily Brown

May 21, 12 pm - 12:30 pm

  • Capitalizing on Spring Energy: Mood Boosting Activities and Values Clarification

May 23, 12pm - 12:30 pm

  • Monthly Wellness Walk: Mental Health Awareness Month

May 29, 12 pm - 1 pm