Networks and Communities
As the primary forum for member exchange and networking, ASCPT’s Networks and Communities promote interaction among members who share a common field of interest. In doing so, they facilitate scientific growth within that area.
Networks: ASCPT members are aligned into 3 broad networks - Quantitative Pharmacology (QP), Translational & Precision Medicine (TPM) and Development, Regulatory & Outcomes (DRO). These Networks act as the “home” for members and allow for professional development, networking, leadership opportunities and scientific engagement.
Communities: In order for ASCPT to foster innovation and remain at the forefront of emerging scientific fields of clinical pharmacology and translational medicine, member-driven Communities have been established. These Communities are fluid, smaller groups that enable members to unify around a specific scientific discipline. Although Communities are primarily affiliated with a specific Network, their true strength is realized by cross-fertilization and collaboration.
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1. Programming at the Annual Meeting.
• ASCPT seeks to “unify therapeutic disciplines, convening translational scientists in academia, industry and government to leverage their diverse expertise”.
• Communities are best placed to energize their diverse members regarding submissions, mentor in proposal development encouraging collaboration across Networks and Communities.
• Assisting Scientific Programming Committee by prioritizing submitted proposals related to their Network.
2. Hosting Network Meeting at Annual Meeting.
• Network Meetings scheduled as 2 hour meetings at the Annual Meeting that provide an opportunity for the Networks and affiliated Communities to extend specialty scientific programming as well as providing business updates to members.
3. Establishing a rhythm of business over the year.
• Engaging members in a meaningful way beyond the Annual Meeting by appropriate means, e.g., telecons or webinars based on emerging science, crowd-sourcing for problem solving, etc.
4. Establishing recognition as discipline experts for ASCPT and community at large.
• ASCPT’s strength is the diversity of expertise within a particular discipline; Networks are best placed to achieve the Society’s goal of being “the scientific resource that influences decision-making on therapeutic usage for patient care”.
5. Creating/maintaining an on-line presence.
• Providing members ready access to information relating to the discipline and Networks/Communities is an essential element of engaging members.
Governance & Structure
Each section has a chair and at least one vice-chair. Some sections have more than one vice chair depending on size and composition.
The Network leadership (Chair and Vice-Chair) is appointed by the President for a 2-year term; the Vice-Chair acts as the Incoming Chair. The Network leadership comprises a Steering Committee composed minimally of the Community leadership, but may also have more junior appointments (e.g., social media/website, initiative leads. etc.) to create leadership development opportunities.
The Community Leadership (Chair and Vice-Chair) will be proposed by the Network Chairs for a 2-year term; the Vice-Chair will be the Incoming Chair. The President will endorse the final appointments. Initially, Communities will map over with their Section leadership to allow for business continuity. The Community leadership may also form a Steering Committee, as they see fit.
Additionally, members can form around a common theme at any time, however, to receive formal recognition as a “Community” they need to (a) have a minimum of 30 members and (b) get approval from Network Leaders, who would appoint the leadership. The performance of a Community (e.g., engagement, number of members, programming proposals, fulfillment of deliverables calendar, etc.) will be evaluated by Network leaders every 2 years to assess if it is meeting the needs of the members.