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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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Why it is great to be a small fish in a big pond!

By John Illingworth, MD, Illingworth Research. I recently read an article in Outsourcing Pharma regarding the focus of large CROs on big strategic clients and that small to mid-tier biopharm may be deserting them for fear of being overshadowed. The article highlights an important issue but it is not new […]

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The Art of Medical Photography

Advances in digital cameras, and falling prices, have led to healthcare professionals increasingly taking their own photographs during clinical research. But in clinical trials, where high-quality pictures are essential because even tiny changes to a wound or melanoma could change the outcome of a study, it’s a big risk to […]

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Good Clinical Practice – A Brief History

By Clare Wilson, Senior Research Nurse Participants who wish to take part in a clinical trial should be able to do so with the knowledge that their rights and well being are treated as a priority and that everything has been done to provide the best possible care available.  In […]

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