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BC Cancer Clinicians Honoured for Excellence in Clinical Trial Work

May 27, 2024

BC Cancer’s Drs. Robert Olson and Bernie Eigl were recently recognized by the 2024 Clinical Trials BC Awards for their outstanding contributions to the clinical trials community in B.C and their incredible service and support to advance clinical trial research to improve outcomes across the province.

Through these awards, Clinical Trials BC (part of Michael Smith Health Research BC) recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to strengthening B.C.’s clinical trials ecosystem.

Dr. Olson, executive medical director at BC Cancer – Prince George, was awarded the Leadership & Advocacy Award in honour of his longstanding education and mentorship in the clinical trials and research community. In addition to leading clinical trials that have transformed practice and continue to push boundaries, he is strong advocate for clinical trial success in rural and remote communities.

Based in Prince George, his work has increased the clinical trial infrastructure in Northern B.C., and opened up some of the first research initiatives in the region.

Dr. Olson says he shares the recognition with his dedicated team.

“Over the last decade, BC Cancer – Prince George has grown from a new regional cancer clinic to a world leader in precision radiation oncology trials, thanks primarily to the collective work of many individuals both in Prince George and supporting of us from BC Cancer’s central clinical trials office.”

Dr. Bernie Eigl, director of BC Cancer’s Provincial Clinical Trials Office, received the Service & Support Award for his dedication to enhancing trial participation and efficiency. His role in the Canadian Remote Access Framework for Clinical Trials (CRAFT) project, and its implementation in B.C., is leading the development of decentralized clinical trials across Canada. His work has been instrumental in enabling larger clinical trial centres to offer satellite sites, bringing life-saving research to patients in remote areas.

“This award is so meaningful to me because it provides recognition of the work of a large team of individuals from across our province who dedicate all their efforts to increasing access to, and improving the quality of, clinical trials,” says Dr. Eigl. “I see the real-world benefits of clinical trials every day, and it is an honour to see that we continue to make a difference.”

Congratulations to Drs. Olson and Eigl on these well-deserved recognitions.


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