About Us

The Taskforce membership is fully comprised of volunteers; there is no funding or formal support structure behind the group's efforts. There is no regulatory mandate to join the Taskforce; however, only members are able to access all of the resources developed by the group. Some resources, at the discretion of the group, are made publicly available through this website. 



Co-Chairs of the Taskforce




Anthony Keyes has been an active member of the Taskforce since 2015 and was appointed Co-Chair in January 2018.  He currently serves as the Program Manager, Clinical Research Projects at Johns Hopkins University where he, among other duties, directs the ClinicalTrials.gov Program.





Sarah White joined the Taskforce in 2010 and has chaired the group since 2012. Sarah is currently the Executive Director of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials (MRCT) Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard. 



Working Groups

Survey Working Group (Lead: Anthony Keyes)

The Survey Subgroup conducted an online survey of PRS administrators to identify policies, procedures, and resources to support clinical trial registration and results reporting at academic organizations in the US.  The group met beginning in 2016 to design survey questions, develop a study protocol, lunch the survey, and write a manuscript describing the results.  The 2017 survey provides a baseline for follow-up surveys and analyses of trends, and the Survey Subgroup is currently developing a second survey to be conducted in 2018.  If you have questions, or to learn more, please contact Tony (akeyes1@jhmi.edu).

The Subgroup would like to thank personnel at NIH for their assistance in developing and conducting the survey.  We would also like to thank the Taskforce members for the robust response rate and specifically the 13 members of the Taskforce who volunteered to pilot the survey.

Training Working Group (Lead: Diane Wilson)

The Training Subcommittee works to develop and periodically update training materials for institutions to use with ClinicalTrials.gov users, whether faculty, administrators, or study staff.  These include slide set templates that can be customized for institutional use. 

Qualitative Survey Working Grop

Building on a survey conducted in 2016-2017, we are conducting a qualitative study to learn how academic organization can meet trial registration and results reporting requirements.  We are interviewing PRS administrators and others about organization policies and procedures.  We hope to learn about facilitators and obstacles to compliance of all kinds, and we want to identify “best practices” to share with the community. 

Data Transparency Working Group (Lead: Scott Cochran Patton)

The Data Transparency Subcommittee develops guidance documents to help member institutions, and is currently reviewing requirements to suggest standards for NIH Dissemination Plans (as required in NIH Policy on the Dissemination of Clinical Trial Information) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Data Sharing Statements. Other requirements will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.