About 200 clinical professionals from across Virginia attended the inaugural Virginia Clinical Research Conference in Richmond Friday.
Researchers talked about best practices to take medical breakthroughs from the laboratory to the patient in the safest, fastest possible way.
T.J. Sharpe was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in 2012.
“For anyone who has faced a serious diagnosis as I was, a serious melanoma diagnosis, stay strong,” said Sharpe.
He said conventional treatment may have given him 18 months, but he participated in clinical trials that left him, seven years later, with no signs of cancer.
“There are thousands of people that you will never meet that are working every day to give you and your family a better life,” said Shaarpe.
He travels now, sharing his message of encouragement. Sharpe spoke Friday at a conference hosted at the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, featuring ways to engage the community, to use big data and to work more closely with investigational pharmacists.