Happy New Year

2011 Happy New Year from The Lead CRA

Thank you for your continued readership of the Lead CRA blog and I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2011.  I hope that you will continue to follow along as I have made a resolution to keep posting and updating the blog with new content on a regular basis. This greeting comes a little late as I have been out of the country on an amazing and restorative vacation to both Europe and India.  I was away for three weeks but couldn’t resist checking my work email here and there and scouting out clinical trial sites along the way.  I took a tour of Mumbai and I kept asking the driver to pull over and show me the hospitals so I could put together a slide deck of the photographs for my co-workers.  Maybe for my next International trip I will be on an expense account. 😉

CRA in India
Clinical Trial participants in India may be allowed to accept transportation reimbursement to and from the clinical trial site via a rickshaw or an elephant.
Home Office
A cube I can call my own. Home sweet home.

In the fourth quarter of 2010 I was recruited to a new in-house CRA position and I have been settling in well and enjoying the work, my fantastic new colleagues, and the science behind the compounds I am working on.  I now have an actual office to go to rather than working from home (which I was finding to be isolating anyway) and this new opportunity feels like an excellent fit so far.  I currently work on just one study and manage about 12 sites and a CRO but I’m staying flexible and open to all new and interesting assignments at work.  Luckily I am still able to travel and monitor regularly so I am definitely enjoying that for now.

Last year was a record year for the blog; over 13,000 visits from a mix of search engines, direct traffic and referring sites.  Visitors landed on my blog from 93 different countries.  This project has been really rewarding for me and I am hoping to expand my contributions here and maybe author some items for one of the professional journals or otherwise expand my network in 2011.  I have met so many wonderful professionals through this blog and I sincerely hope 2011 affords me even more opportunity to interact with more of you.  I always value your comments and emails so please let me know if you have feedback or if there are specific topics you are interested in.  Thanks again for reading and please continue to check in occasionally or subscribe for updates.

About The Author

The Lead CRA

Nadia started The Lead CRA blog in 2007. She is now lead author for ClinOps Toolkit. Nadia is currently working as a Clinical Program Manager at a small specialty pharmaceutical company in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach Nadia via email at leadcra@clinopstoolkit.com anytime.