Re-engineering Clinical Research
Ideally, basic research discoveries are quickly transformed into diagnostics, drugs, treatments or methods for prevention. Such translation lies at the very heart of the NIH's mission. Although biomedical research has succeeded in curing many diseases, and converting many others once considered uniformly lethal into more chronic, treatable conditions, it has become clear to the scientific community that the United States must recast its entire system of clinical research if such efforts are to remain as successful as they have been in the past. Over the years, clinical research has become more difficult to conduct. However, the exciting basic science discoveries currently being made demand that clinical research continue and even expand, while at the same time striving to improve efficiency and better inform basic science efforts. This is undoubtedly the most difficult but most important challenge identified by the NIH Roadmap process.
At the core of this vision is the concept that clinical research needs to develop new partnerships among organized patient communities, community-based physicians and academic researchers. In the past, all research for a clinical trial could be conducted in one academic center; that is unlikely to be true in the future. In these initiatives, NIH will promote the creation of better integrated networks of academic centers that work jointly on clinical trials and that include community-based physicians who care for sufficiently large groups of well-characterized patients. Implementing this vision will require new ways to organize the way clinical research information is recorded, new
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