News Release

Friday, November 27, 2009

Clinical Research Training Offered by the NIH Clinical Center has Record Enrollment

Educational courses offered annually by the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center have record enrollments for the 2009-2010 term.

Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research covers the basics of how to conduct clinical research. This year, 1,296 students are enrolled — 462 in the on-site program at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. Another 834 students are participating through video links to 26 sites around the world. The course has had nearly 9,000 enrollees since its inception in 1995. Topics include an introduction to clinical research and its history; clinical research from a patient’s perspective; data analysis techniques; ethical and regulatory issues; and how to plan, design and fund clinical research studies.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology has 813 students this year — 385 at NIH and 428 participating through video cast to 21 other locations. The course is designed for researchers interested in the clinical pharmacologic aspects of drug development and use. More than 5,000 students have enrolled since the course was first offered in 1998.

Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research covers a broad range of issues central to the ethical conduct of clinical research. This year, 293 students are participating at the Clinical Center and through video cast to six locations. Nearly 4,000 students have taken this course since it began in 1999.

"This program, made of three courses, was initiated to help improve how clinical research, research involving patient-volunteers, is carried out. The training is comprehensive and easy to access," said Dr. John I. Gallin, director of the Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital at NIH. "Our goal is to help prepare the next generation of clinical researchers and ensure that current clinical research is safe, efficient, and ethical."

"Clinical research is a multidisciplinary enterprise, and these courses attract the full range of health professionals," said Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene, Clinical Center deputy director for educational affairs and strategic partnerships and director of the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education.

In the United States, Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research is available through videocast to sites that include Howard University, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington; Oklahoma State University’s Department of Nutritional Services; and Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. Registrants from around the world also view the course, including students at medical and technical universities in China, Peru, Burkina Faso (West Africa), Pakistan, and South Korea.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology is videocast this year to sites that include University of California, Los Angeles, Case Western Reserve University, and hospitals in South Korea and Peru. Videocast sites for the ethics course include National Cancer Institute facilities in Frederick, Md., St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington., the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Detachment in Peru and the Western Institute Review Board in Washington.

More information about this and other educational opportunities at the NIH Clinical Center is online,

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