Following a recent announcement of the Steering Committee Mentee Program, ECRI is proud to introduce Dr. Alessandra Scoccia as the first Steering Committee Mentee at our Institute, working together with Dr. Joost Daemen as Mentor and Dr. Ernest Spitzer as Program Director. Her appointment is an important first step for ECRI’s DIVERSIFY Program in promoting female leadership and multi-generational collaboration in CV research.
Dr. Scoccia is a cardiologist and researcher in Interventional Cardiology. She graduated with honors in Medicine and Surgery at Università degli Studi di Milano in 2016. Subsequently, in 2016 she was resident at the department of Intensive Care at Western Health Hospital in Melbourne. Between 2017 and 2021 she completed her Cardiology residency at the University of Ferrara, progressively focusing her attention on Interventional Cardiology. During her cardiology training, Dr. Scoccia performed the initial steps of complex percutaneous coronary intervention, participating in a total of over 300 coronary and peripheral procedures. At present, she is active in cardiovascular research with a specific focus on innovations in the area of coronary physiology and its application on patients with coronary artery disease, with a particular interest in non-hyperemic pressure ratios and Angiography Based Vessel Fractional Flow Reserve. She has co-authored over 25 peer reviewed publications. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam.
“It is a great opportunity to be part of this project. I feel honored in being trusted by internationally-standing researchers, and I am eager to contribute to the FAST III Trial”
- Dr. Scoccia said when accepting the invitation.
The objective of FAST III (NCT04931771) is to determine the safety and effectiveness of an angiography-based vessel-Fractional Flow Reserve guided strategy versus an invasive FFR guided strategy to guide coronary revascularization in patients with intermediate coronary artery stenosis. This randomized controlled, open-label, multicenter, international, non-inferiority, strategy trial aims to enroll a total of 2228 patients, in 7 European countries and approximately 35 hospitals. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Joost Daemen (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
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Overseeing the execution of clinical trials requires clinical, academic, methodological, and operational expertise. Consequently ECRI has defined as a priority the need for supplementing clinical and academic profiles with exposure to ongoing clinical trials within a Steering Committee in order to accelerate the expertise required for designing, planning, and overseeing large scale clinical investigations.
In compliance with GCP and formal requirements, a Steering Committee Mentee at ECRI formally joins the committee with a Mentor within the Committee. While ideally the Mentee would join the committee until the completion of the study and participate in its reporting, the duration of this experience is planned for a minimum of 12 months.
ECRI works together with the Mentor and Mentee in reviewing critical trial execution literature and regulations, as well as fostering methodological and operational dialogue. Importantly, best practices on confidentiality, firewalls among clinical trial processes, considerations on endpoint adjudication, data safety monitoring boards, and safety reporting procedures are studied.
The program is designed for early or mid-career physicians who have experience in the relavant trial field and have a genuine interest in clinical trials. Mentees are selected based on an academic profile supported with at least 4 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.
The ECRI’s Steering Committee Mentee Program fosters diversity in clinical trials in line with ECRI’s DIVERSIFY Initiative. The ECRI's DIVERSIFY Initiative creates an academic environment where women and men from different ethnical backgrounds work together to address unmet medical needs in cardiology.