2019 Annual Report: Reflection from the Head of Research Operations

As a member of the DCRI team for more than 12 years, including as head of research operations now, I am especially proud to represent our operational teams in this year’s annual report. Inside, you will find a sampling of the hundreds of projects led by our dedicated clinical research project teams. Nowhere else will you find an academic research organization with the depth of operational expertise to translate thought leadership from the pages of a protocol through study start-up, recruitment, retention, and returning results to our valued study participants.

Whether it’s a traditional interventional trial such as ARISTOTLE, a DCRI-led study that was recognized by the New England Journal of Medicine as one of a dozen studies that have changed clinical practice, or DCRI-led ADAPTABLE, one of the first truly pragmatic clinical trials with direct-to-patient engagement, our operational teams approach their work each day with the following shared goals in mind:

  • Developing new ways to engage patients;
  • Delivering quality data;
  • Fostering new ideas and innovative approaches;
  • Improving efficiency;
  • Sharing learning; and
  • Partnering with DCRI faculty and collaborators.

We achieve these goals in collaboration with our many long-standing partnerships that extend our expertise around the world. In this annual report, I chat with one of our partners, Tracy Temple, Canadian VIGOUR Centre’s associate director of clinical trials, about how collaborations unite the best minds in thought leadership and operational expertise to advance clinical research around the world.

Whether working together with our partners or teaming up here at the DCRI, we all are motivated by our mission to improve care for patients. I know this is true for me, and I witness it in the work of so many colleagues. I am honored to lead the DCRI’s operational teams, and I’m looking forward to what comes next.

Ty Rorick
Head, Research Operations


This letter originally appeared in the DCRI’s 2018-2019 Annual Report. View more articles from this publication.