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Understanding the Role of IRBs in Clinical Research: A Quick Guide

Posted by Complion on Jan 16, 2017 8:11:37 AM

The ultimate goal of clinical research is to provide relief from, if not outright cures for, the various maladies and infirmities that plague human beings. In the ever-evolving world of research, history has shown that human frailties of another variety can sometimes send the pursuit of that goal down a less noble path. Effective regulation helps to ensure that that ultimate goal remains dominant among the many motivations that drive research.

Institutional review boards are an important example of regulatory efforts to insure the protection of the rights of human research subjects, as well as the protection of the patients who will ultimately benefit from the treatments resulting from that research.

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Topics: Clinical Research Ethics, Human Subject Protection, Compliance

A History of Clinical & Human Subject Research

Posted by Complion on Jan 4, 2017 4:11:17 PM
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
-- Albert Szent-Gyorgy (1893-1986), winner of the 1936 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine

In light of the remarkable level of technological complexity and sophistication in today’s clinical research it can be too easy to lose sight of the fact that the roots of today’s research are long and deep, spanning centuries. Each breakthrough, each moment of discovery in that long history was, as Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Gyorgy describes, a moment in which someone looked at what others had already seen and saw something new.

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Topics: Clinical Research Ethics