Sin­ga­pore ar­ranges funds for clin­i­cal re­search co-or­di­na­tors

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

Health Min­istry (MOH) Sin­ga­pore is set­ting aside $35 mil­lion to help groom clin­i­cal re­search co­or­di­na­tors. When new med­i­cal treat­ments are still in the trial stage, it is of­ten clin­i­cal re­search co­or­di­na­tors who make sure all goes ac­cord­ing to plan. They help to co­or­di­nate vis­its of pa­tients in the trial, ex­plain de­tails to them, and make sure that all pro­to­cols are strictly fol­lowed.

The money will go towards fund­ing the salaries of 100 clin­i­cal re­search co­or­di­na­tors over the next five years. It will also pay for na­tional train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grammes for them. Such re­search co­or­di­na­tors are im­por­tant be­cause they help doc­tors carry out qual­ity clin­i­cal re­search that meets in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The new Sin­ga­pore Clin­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute (SCRI) academy has been launched. This is a vir­tual train­ing academy for ex­ist­ing re­search co­or­di­na­tors who have less than one year’s ex­pe­ri­ence. The first pro­gramme is slated to start in March next year.

The money will also help en­sure that all re­search co­or­di­na­tors are able to ex­plain clin­i­cal tri­als in sim­ple, lay­man’s terms to pa­tients. This is partly be­cause tri­als are get­ting more com­plex, and also be­cause many co­or­di­na­tors these days come in with a back­ground in life sci­ences.

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