Clinical research plays a critical role in enhancing our understanding of physiology and disease, translating basic research into medical care, and improving human health. FASEB's customizable clinical research advocacy tool was created to assist proponents of clinical research in conveying to the scientific and policy communities the excitement and significance of this area of investigation.
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
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.
- 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 - HSR 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.
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.