Research

To support its continuing efforts to enhance patient care, the Society strongly encourages its members to participate in research and clinical trials. The Society has served and will continue to serve as a sponsor/co-sponsor of registries/trials, when deemed appropriate. Links to information on additional registries and clinical trials, as well as resources designed to assist surgeons interested in participating in such efforts, are listed below.

Study Submission

All surveys and research proposals must be reviewed by the Society’s Research Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Survey proposals are reviewed by the Research Committee twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  All other research proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee as time permits. 

For more information on the review process, please see our study submission policy.

Please return this form  along with a copy of your abstract and survey or proposal to the Society Office. We also require a non-refundable $50 application fee.  If your survey is approved, a $500 survey distribution fee will be collected prior to sending your survey.

For further information, contact us by email.

Registries and Clinical Trials

Society Sponsored Registries and Clinical Trials

  • Nipple Sparing Mastectomy Registry: The Nipple Sparing Mastectomy Registry (NSMR) has been designed to facilitate compiling information on metrics utilized, techniques utilized, aesthetic outcomes, as well as oncologic outcomes of the Nipple Sparing Mastectomy. The registry will aim to provide a large prospective collection of data points specifically gathered to provide evidence based medicine on outcome measures and metrics utilized for the nipple sparing mastectomy. This is a non-randomized, multicenter, prospective registry based within the  Society's Mastery of Breast Surgery Program. Click here for more information.
  • Electronic Xoft® Inter-society Brachytherapy Trial (EXIBT): This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.

Additional Resources:

The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
All ACOSOG members have access to the full protocol information. To participate in ACOSOG protocol studies, your institution or practice must become a member of ACOSOG. To apply for membership, please see the Membership Overview. Questions may be directed to the ACOSOG Member Services Department at membership@surgerytrials.duke.edu.

Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)

WIRB training includes:

  • Investigator Training for Medical Research--designed for investigators, potential investigators, and site staff to provide basic information on research trials and the responsibilities of investigators while performing these trials.
  • Site Operations and SOPs--provides investigators and study coordinators training in optimizing the organization and operation of their research sites.
  • Today's Good Clinical Practice Requirements--provides attendees with an increased awareness and understanding of the  requirements of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards when conducting clinical trials, based on the growing need for  investigators and their staff to undertake training in GCPs.

National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials web site

Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) protocol listing