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Cutting the Red Tape of Clinical Trial Regulations

The regulations and guidelines governing Clinical Trials in the UK can often be extremely complicated and over-burdensome, according to the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). For five weeks, from 9th March 2012 to 12th April 2012, the MHRA are asking for views and comments on this issue from Industry […]

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Clinical Shift Towards Centralised Risk Based Monitoring Processes

By Jan Kenworthy, Clinical Research Associate at Illingworth Research 29-February-2012   Within the last few decades, the number and complexity of clinical trials has increased considerably. With this increased complexity, comes the enhanced pressure of effectively monitoring these trials. The size, complexity and number of clinical trials mean that complete […]

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Photography and colour accuracy demonstration

Photography and colour accuracy demonstration

On the 9th February two of our medical photographers attended the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham (QHEB) for a demonstration of the Image Skin-Tone Optimisation and Verification (ISTOV) system. The ISTOV system is an image colour management system which provides consistency for photographers and reassurance to consultants and clients that […]

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Integrity of Clinical Trial Data

Integrity of Clinical Trial Data

Any clinical trial is only as good as the integrity and completeness of the data collected and published. Clinical Trial Monitors aim to verify that clinical data recorded is accurate, verifiable and complete. An article in the BMJ has called for disciplinary action on missing trial data.  It goes on […]

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The Clinical Trials Tool Kit

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has now taken over responsibility for the Clinical Trials Toolkit, as the lead organisation for funding clinical trials. The Clinical Trials Toolkit was developed in 2004 in a joint project between the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council to document best […]

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The Health Research Authority (HRA)

The Health Research Authority will be established tomorrow, on 1st December 2011, with NRES at its’ core and expects to hold the first Board meeting of the Special Health Authority at 10am by teleconference. The establishment of the HRA will provide a new pathway for the regulation and governance of […]

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An Overview of Clinical Research

Clinical research is a complex and highly regulated area of medical science, involving a large number of individuals and organisations, including pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations, and clinical trial centres. This article answers some basic questions about the pharmaceutical and clinical research industries, including drug development in humans, and gives […]

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