A week before he passed, Jerry won the inaugural patient engagement award at SCOPE 2017. The award is a way the Pharma industry recognizes excellence in improving the participant experience in clinical trials. The award has since been renamed the Jerry Matczak Memorial Participant Engagement Award.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 award! More information about this opportunity is available below.

2018 SCOPE Participant Engagement Award

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Designed to inspire innovation and change in how the industry communicates with participants in the fields of recruitment and retention in clinical trials, this award embodies the values and personal accomplishments of Jerry Matczak, who sadly passed away soon after receiving the 2017 award.  We dedicate this award to Jerry in the hopes that it will serve as a reminder of his ideals and accomplishments.

SCOPE’s 2018 Participant Engagement Award program is brought to you by Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)’s SCOPE.

Regulation in this field has challenged clinical trial researchers to change how we educate and engage individuals to ensure that clinical trials are not marketed or misconstrued as approved treatments. These challenges often lead mundane creative design and engagement designed for regulators and legal review rather than to inspire higher-level creativity for the audience in which clinical trials are intended:  the participants who volunteer to help bring new medicines to market.

We want every clinical trial researcher to raise the bar to bring creativity and ingenuity to the recruitment and retention communication fields by recognizing fabulous work that breaks through these barriers while meeting regulatory requirements.

How it works
We welcome submissions from every aspect of the industry including, but not limited to, Sites, CRO’s, e-Patient Advisors, Agencies, Start-Ups, and Sponsors to submit their best work in the Patient Recruitment and Retention communications field.

All submissions will be reviewed by study participants, industry peers, and a panel of industry experts.  Finalists will be selected to present their concepts on stage at SCOPE’s “Enrollment Planning and Patient Recruitment” conference taking place February 13th-15th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. This exciting competition will bring awareness to you and your company for excellent and engaging work. Each finalist will be given 2 minutes to present their concepts, followed by a question and answer session conducted by the judges.

Each submission will be reviewed and rated for Creativity, IRB compliance, Legal Compliance and overall impact. The communication does not need to be specifically designed to recruit for a study, but just be in the overall category (e.g., general clinical trial awareness is welcome). Work should have been created in the last two years and is NOT required to have been used in an actual trial.

Awards will be given for 1st through 3rd place with special recognition for all presenters.