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Clinical Research Retreat Held at Banner in Phoenix

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A research retreat was held Oct. 4-5 in Arizona. Teams from MD Anderson led by Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., vice president for Global Academic Programs, and Banner Health led by Bill Camp, chief executive officer, Banner Research Institute, participated in detailed discussions to formulate a research program for the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2011.

On the first day the team from MD Anderson, including Aman Buzdar, M.D., vice president ad interim of Clinical Research, and Paul Papagni, executive director of Clinical Research, provided an overview of the current research program at Banner MD Anderson. Mark Starling M.D., medical director, Banner Heart Hospital, presented an overview of the research program in Cardiology and the concept of a Physicians' Advisory Council that has been adopted by Banner Health for selecting clinical trials. Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., described Banner's clinical research program in Neuroscience. The group was also given a tour of Banner Sun Health Research Institute, including its unique Brain and Total Body Donation Program, led by Joe Rogers, Ph.D., and Tom Beach, M.D., Ph.D.

The second day was dedicated to discussions regarding the vision for the clinical research program at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. The group articulated our joint vision to bring a patient experience to the center that is closely modeled on what we do in Houston. Buzdar stressed the need for establishing a sound research infrastructure to ensure the development of a successful program that would offer high quality clinical trials. Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., associate vice president of Global Academic Programs, stated "once the infrastructure has been established and clinical investigators identified, research projects could be started in a relatively short time." The retreat ended with a tour of Banner Gateway Medical Center, which would provide the inpatient facility for Banner MD Anderson, and the new adjoining cancer center building that is under construction and will house the outpatient facilities.

 

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