Clinical Trials: Realities and myths

Amidst great expectations, the DIA’s three-day 8th Annual Conference began on October 24, 2013, at the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bangalore.

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Dr Temsunaro Rongsen Chandola, Research Scientist, Centre for Health Research & Development, Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi

The conference on the first day hosted a session titled, 'Myths and Realities - How Patients Benefit from Vaccine Trials', which was presented by Dr Temsunaro Rongsen Chandola, Research Scientist, Centre for Health Research & Development, Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi.

In her presentation, Ms Chandola emphasized that the biggest challenge faced today by the research community is earning the trust of the public.

She said, "We need to gain the public trust by building an enterprise of trust by encouraging the community that we are working with, and create a network of stakeholders community and get the dialogue going with them. This communication must be transparent and coherent between the stakeholders. Once that's in place, we need to conduct the trials, and walk-the-talk while conducting the trials."

To successfully conduct clinical trials, Ms Chandola feels that, first, the right community has to be identified and accessed. "After gaining their confidence," she said, "we need to get to know the community and interact with local leaders, physicians and have adequate data on the disease burdens that you want to study."

 

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