Perspectives in Clinical Research

: 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-

Building a learning research community

Chandrashekhar Potkar 
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Chandrashekhar Potkar
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Clinical research is a relatively young discipline in India. Over the last few decades, the discipline has progressed from a few academic clinical studies to required Indian registration studies to participation in studies for global registration. This journey also fuelled the surge in emerging specialties such as clinical data management, biostatistics, medical writing, informatics and pharmacovigilance.

Experts believe that the true potential in India is much larger. Looking at unmet medical needs, availability of technical talent, rapidly evolving medical infrastructure and entreprenial Indian mindset, experts think India can play a greater role in clinical research and allied disciplines. India is considered to be amongst the future innovation engines for new medical interventions.

The research community in India has been gearing towards this unprecedented opportunity. Typically, the community has responded through establishing research capability and building capacity. Investing in building capability and capacity across clinical research disciplines for a wide range of stakeholders (sponsors, CROs, institutes, ethics committees and regulatory agencies ) augurs well for the growth of the community.

While stakeholders capacity building is an important driver for the growth of clinical research, this is still largely driven by individual organizations. Community building efforts require in addition institutional framework in the form of enablers. The Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) has been creating these enablers through its efforts over the last few years. ISCR is playing an important role in ensuring community readiness through its various councils in shaping policy, advocacy and a host of initiatives to build a 'learning community'.

Perspectives in clinical research (PICR) a step forward in this agenda of the Society. This peer review quarterly journal is positioned to build a 'learning clinical research community in India'. This scientific journal will have a broad coverage of topics across clinical research disciplines including clinical research methodology, research ethics, clinical data management, training, data management, biostatistics, regulatory and will include original articles, reviews, news and views, perspectives, book reviews and other interesting sections. PICR will offer clinical research professionals in India a forum for exchange of ideas, information and opinions. The journal is offered in print as well as on line versions to ensure wider reach. Clinical research professionals are encouraged to make use of this framework to provide feedback, submit letters to editors, or make their own contributions to take clinical research movement in India to the next level.

We have just commenced our journey to build learning communities, let us join hands to 'learn and grow'.