National Breast Cancer Coalition

Clinical Trials Project LEAD®

An Advanced Course for Project LEAD Institute Graduates Only

Clinical Trials Project LEAD® is a four-day advanced course open to graduates of Project LEAD® Basic Science and the Project LEAD® Institute. The course focuses on understanding and improving breast cancer clinical trials research. This course, part of NBCC’s Clinical Trials Initiative, trains advocates to participate in all levels of the clinical trials process from evaluating trial design to serving on Institutional Review Boards and Data Safety Monitoring Boards.

At Clinical Trials Project LEAD®, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the drug development process, and key terms such as accelerated approval and surrogate endpoints;
  • Learn about the purpose, design, and endpoints associated with different types of clinical trials;
  • Explore the similarities and differences in issues of clinical trials in the metastatic, adjuvant, and preventive settings;
  • Acquire the skills to critically evaluate research protocols;
  • Understand ethical issues in clinical trials such as autonomy, beneficence, and justice; and
  • Discuss the intersection of current trends in clinical trials politics and methodology with advocacy.

    Clinical Trials Project LEAD® graduates will represent NBCC in research partnerships, at scientific conferences, and in other research settings.