The Center for Pediatric Clinical Development (CPCD) is comprised of 11 dedicated staff members who share diverse healthcare and research backgrounds. The CPCD is an agnostic group serving all of PRA’s pediatric needs in a multitude of capacities. Dr. Mark Sorrentino, who leads the CPCD, created a pediatric collaboration team (PCT) to support the continued success of PRA’s CPCD.

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What makes PRA stand out from other CROs? We have a select, cross-functional group of dedicated staff with a passion for pediatric clinical research. Hear from members of the Pediatric Collaboration Team as they share their experiences and stories in our latest blog post.

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Heather Peterson, Pediatric Strategy Liaison for the CPCD, facilitates the PCT with the experience and expertise of her fellow CPCD members. She describes the PCT as a “cross-functional team dedicated to advancing pediatric development and supporting efforts to bring approved medical treatments to children.”

The PCT consists of PRA staff with experience in all facets of pediatric clinical trials, including, but not limited to:

  • Project management
  • Clinical operations
  • Medical monitoring
  • Therapeutic expertise
  • Regulatory affairs/strategic regulatory affairs
  • Safety and pharmacovigilance
  • Patient experience

The PCT provides quick access to PRA’s pediatric expertise across all functions. This allows for seamless integrative services and the ability to focus on each aspect of pediatric clinical development. Peterson states that the PCT is “a true differentiator because of the consistent cross collaboration and collective determination to reach a common goal—bringing approved medicines and treatment to children.”

The result of this interconnected, inter-departmental approach is a flexible, agile team equipped to handle all pediatric studies that come their way.

PCT team members elaborate on what it means to be a part of the PCT here at PRA.

Heather Peterson

Pediatric Strategy Liaison

What is your role/position, and how does that impact the rest of the members of the PCT?

My role within the CPCD is to provide a strategic review of a given protocol and study design to clients, ensuring it’s realistically aligned with the given age and expectations of participation. As a Pediatric Strategy Liaison (PSL) for the CPCD, we always consider the safety of pediatric participants and how the trial schematics will involve the entire family circle. Understanding the patient journey is crucial as there are many intricacies with pediatric trial participation, much different than encountered with adults. Pediatric clinical trials require a partnership between the site, the parent/legal guardian, and the patient to ensure enrollment, retention, and that successful completion is obtained. Many factors must be considered such as direct support with transportation to clinic visits, time away from school and limiting disruption of normal daily activities of children, their siblings, and caregivers, obtaining parental approval, and participant assent. These are a few of the considerations a PSL will focus on when reviewing a protocol and study design.

The impact this has on PCT members can be displayed differently, based on the PRA function of members. Weekly collaboration creates an engaged community that allows for awareness of opportunities and perspectives from contributing members. For example, if the need for regulatory expertise arises, there’s a member present to provide comment or direction for appropriate proactive measures or needed mitigation suggestions.

How did you become an active member of the PCT?

What do you like most about being a part of the PCT?

What does an average day look like for you?

What makes PRA’s PCT special?

The PCT is a true differentiator because of the consistent cross collaboration and collective determination to reach a common goal—bringing approved medicines and treatment to children.

Heather Peterson | Pediatric Strategy Liaison

Jen Davis

Manager of Clinical Operations, Clinical Team Managers Clinical Delivery

What is your role/position, and how does that impact the rest of the members of the PCT?

I oversee the clinical operations in the North American Clinical Team Managers (CTMs) group at PRA. As a functional manager, I’m responsible for supporting my team to produce quality clinical deliverables, including the final, clean patient database and the Trial Master File (TMF). I supervise Clinical Team Managers (CTMs) and support them in their interactions with sites, sponsors, and vendors.

I support troubleshooting issues, keep track of project metrics, and bridge the gaps between therapeutic teams.

How did you become an active member of the PCT?

What do you like most about being a part of the PCT?

What does an average day look like for you?

What makes PRA’s PCT special?

I love hearing updates about things that are going on at PRA pertaining to research for children that are outside of my area of specialty.

Jen Davis | Manager of Clinical Operations, Clinical Team Managers Clinical Delivery

Joanna Perkins, MD, MS

Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology - Medical Affairs

What is your role/position, and how does that impact the rest of the members of the PCT?

I am a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and serve as a medical director and therapeutic expert for PRA Medical Affairs. I am board-certified in pediatrics and in pediatric hematology-oncology. My role in the PCT is primarily to serve as a disease expert in hematology and oncology, as well as to be a part of ongoing updates with pediatric trials that PRA conducts.

How did you become an active member of the PCT?

What do you like most about being a part of the PCT?

What does an average day look like for you?

Is there a specific story or memory you would like to share about the PCT?

What makes PRA’s PCT special?

The passion and the compassion of this group of people are exceptional.

Joanna Perkins, MD, MS | Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology - Medical Affairs

The PCT is filled with dedicated, passionate, and bold members with varying areas of expertise and experience. The collaboration and cross-functionality of the team allows for a safe space where knowledge and ideas can be shared, allowing PRA to continue executing studies that save or enhance children’s lives.

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