The College of Lived Experience

The College of Lived Experience brings valuable perspectives to current clinical trial conversations, with a diverse membership that includes patients, caregivers, and other members of the public. The College provides insights to CTO-led initiatives and partners with investigators and sponsors to help improve trials by learning from and incorporating the experiences of patients, caregivers and the public. What sets the College apart is its broad focus and large membership. It isn’t tied to any specific disease or condition and members can selectively engage in projects that align best with their interests.
Maureen Smith describes her experience as a member of the College of Lived Experience

Areas Where Members of the College Provide Assistance

Partner With Us

If your organization is interested in partnering with the CTO College of Lived Experience for its  perspectives, advice and input related to a clinical trials project or initiative, we’d love to hear from you.

Women conducting a virtual medical appointment in her home

Case Study: The VIRTUOSO Project at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The VIRTUOSO Project is a research initiative at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre that hopes to improve clinical trial access and trial related education for individuals living with advanced cancer in Ontario. In 2021 and again in 2022, the VIRTUOSO team held workshops with the College, where members provided valuable feedback given their perspectives as patients and members of the public.

College Members