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CC Training Program Adds Remote Sites

The Clinical Center clinical research training course, "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research," began its sixth year in January with the addition of five remote sites that will receive the training by videoconference.

Sites new to the program this year are Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, Md.; State University of New York, Binghamton; State University of New York, Syracuse; and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis. Three former sites — National Institute on Aging, Baltimore; Georgetown University; and University of Puerto Rico, San Juan — have joined in the program again this year.

"This program teaches researchers how to design a good clinical trial," said Dr. John Gallin, CC director, who initiated the program in 1995. It covers epidemiological methods and focuses on study design and development, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance and FDA issues. It also includes data management and legal and ethical issues, including protection of human subjects.

Twenty-five students participated in the course's first offering as a pilot. This year, 487 researchers, mostly physicians, have registered, including 264 at the remote sites.

"This is an extraordinary era of innovation and progress for medicine and science," notes Gallin. "Clinical research can be beneficial and successful only when physician-researchers have the necessary training and expertise to conduct it. Historically, medical students depended on willing and able mentors to teach the intricacies of clinical research. That approach simply doesn't work today."

The course began Jan. 30 and continues through May 21. Sessions meet Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

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