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General Information about Clinical Research

ClinicalTrials.gov
Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.


Other Clinical Research Resources
Maintained by the Society of Clinical Research Associates, this list of links accesses government agencies, human subjects protection organizations, watchdog groups and professional associations.

Information for Scientists

Re-Engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise
Part of NIH’s Roadmap Initiative, this site describes the agency’s plans to speed translation of basic research by improving clinical research infrastructure.


The Physician-Scientist: Career Issues and Challenges at the Year 2000
An analysis of the training and workforce needs of physician-scientists.


Information about NIH Career Development Awards
This site helps scientists select the right career award to apply for and describes K01-K30 programs.


NIH Tweaks Review Criteria to Include Clinical Research
A short piece in Science magazine that describes NIH’s first overhaul of grant review criteria in 7 years.
  
Clinical Research Organizations

Institute of Clinical Research
An organization of clinical research professionals that provides information on best practices, professional development opportunities, and international discussion forums.

Society of Clinical Research Associates
A non-profit, professional organization dedicated to the continuing education and development of clinical research professionals. The aim of SoCRA is to provide training and continuing education for clinical research professionals and to establish and maintain an international certification program for clinical research professionals.

Association of Clinical Research Professionals
A professional membership organization for clinical researchers – site includes a code of ethics, and a variety of publications designed to communicate with its membership, the media, and the clinical research community at large. Some areas are members only.


AHC Forum
An organization of 40 academic health centers formed to sustain and expand well-trained clinical investigators and nurturing research environments. Site includes young and mid-career investigator centers. 


Government Agencies

HHS Office of Human Research Protection
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) supports, strengthens and provides leadership to the nation’s system for protecting volunteers in research that is conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 


NIH Office of Human Subjects Research
The OHSR was established to help NIH intramural investigators understand and comply with the ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements for research involving human subjects. OHSR's overall goal is to promote and support the IRP's efforts to conduct innovative research which protects the rights and promotes the welfare of human subjects.

Non-Government Organizations

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRP)
This organization offers accreditation to institutions that conduct or review research with human participants. The AAHRPP accreditation program uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model. Site offers information for researchers, institutions and research participants. FASEB is a founding member of AAHRP.


Institutional Review Board Forum
This organization promotes the discussion of ethical, regulatory and policy concerns with human subjects research. 

Education and Training for Scientists

Informed Consent
A web based teaching module from the University of Minnesota that provides information on the informed consent process and also a tool to help you create a consent document.


Human Subjects Assurance Training
Three modules on: HHS Regulations & Institutional Responsibilities; Investigator Responsibilities & Informed Consent; and Human Research Protections Program. Aimed at institutional officials involved in human subjects protection oversight.

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