Management of a Large-Scale Project in Personalized Medicine and Cancer Genomics

Sponsored by: Douglas College

The POG (Personalized Onco-Genomics) Program at the BC Cancer Agency aims to determine the feasibility and utility of whole genome and transcriptome sequence data in treatment decision making for doctors of patients with metastatic cancer. Management of this intense and expansive project has required the creation and establishment of tools and procedures to ensure the rapid and accurate processing and tracking of case and data; integration of project and case information for individual analysis and program development; identification and management of complementary activities in finance, ethics, technology development, data handling, contracting and communications; and ongoing knowledge transfer. A team of project management professionals and associates manages all aspects of the projects, including the sample pipeline – from consent to data dissemination – as well as the supporting teams and issues.

Robyn Roscoe is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years of experience in the management of large health research projects, and nearly 25 years experience in project management in the scientific and technical fields. She is currently Director of Management and Administration for the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre, responsible for project, finance and operations management. Since 2004, Robyn has been delivering training workshops and presentations throughout Canada, reaching more than 2,000 trainees and professionals looking to develop and expand their management and leadership skills. In 2016, Robyn received the Research Management Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, and in 2017 she was awarded the CARA Innovation Award. In 2011, Robyn started Lyric Management, a consulting in research management and leadership training. Robyn is committed to expanding knowledge and interest in the field of research administration and contributing to excellence in research management in BC and Canada.
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