SCRS Hosts an SCRS Ambassador Symposium in Hungary Sponsored by Acurian

 Ellicott City, MD – On January 23, 2018, the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) hosted an SCRS Symposium for clinical research sites in Budapest, Hungary, in connection with its Ambassador Program. Through a two-year scholarship supported by Acurian, the country sponsor, this symposium brought SCRS member benefits of advocacy, education, mentorship and connection to clinical research sites in the region. The event provided an opportunity for Hungarian sites to connect and discuss clinical research best practices with other sites and representatives of industry stakeholders. Acurian is the leading full-service provider of global patient enrollment and retention solutions and is a subsidiary of Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD).

Zsolt Ember, Acurian’s global enrollment manager, spoke on recruitment challenges in Hungary. Other topics presented by various industry leaders addressed regional site trends, recruitment, quality red flags and how to become the site of choice.

“Acurian has grown its patient recruitment capabilities and staffing in Hungary in support of a variety of study indications,” said Todd Albin, senior director of global site relations at Acurian. “We are committed to the long-term success and sustainability of Hungarian research sites.”

“The aim of the Ambassador Program is to strengthen the resources available to clinical research sites in various countries,” said Christine Pierre, president of SCRS. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to partner with Acurian and bolster the Hungarian research site community.”

SCRS’ next Acurian-sponsored Ambassador Symposium will be held May 25 in Warsaw, Poland.


About Acurian
Acurian, a subsidiary of PPD, is a leading full-service provider of clinical trial patient enrollment and retention solutions for the life sciences industry. The company increases the enrollment performance of investigator sites worldwide by identifying, contacting, prescreening and referring people who live in the local community but are unknown to a research site. As a result, trial sponsors complete enrollment without incurring the unexpected expense of adding sites or time. For more information, visit

About PPD
PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 47 countries and approximately 20,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help clients and partners bend the cost and time curve of drug development to deliver life-changing therapies that improve health. For more information, visit

About SCRS
Founded in 2012, SCRS is a global trade organization that unifies the voice of the global clinical research site community for greater site sustainability. Representing over 9,000 sites in 47 countries, SCRS is an active partner in industry-wide initiatives and dialogues focused on improving the clinical research enterprise. Sites, and the companies that sponsor or support the work conducted at clinical research sites, will benefit from membership and partnership. Our Voice. Our Community. Your Success. Join the community and collaborate with the global experts in site sustainability. Visit

Jessica Knott
Communications Manager
Society for Clinical Research Sites