Patients first: ISCR's theme on international clinical trials day

On the eve of international clinical trials day on May 20, the Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) has planned a series of seminars and workshops on the day to highlight the important role of patients in clinical trials


On May 20, ISCR will be relaunching its publication called "Clinical Trials - A Guide for Participants" under the NavChetana, a nationwide advocacy program.

The ISCR has chosen the theme of "Patients First" for this year's International Clinical Trials Day that will be observed on May 20. A series of workshops and seminars would be held to highlight and celebrate the very important role that patients play in clinical trials and how their safety and welfare are a top priority for all clinical research stakeholders.

As per Ms Suneela Thatte, president, ISCR, "On the International Clinical Trials Day, we acknowledge the selfless contribution of clinical trial patients in inventing new drugs and treatments. We would also like to dedicate this very important day to patients who are still waiting for new breakthroughs in medical science for a better quality of life. At less than 1.5%, the share of India in global clinical trials is very low, despite the country accounting for 17% of the world's population and 20% of the global disease burden. We will be organizing several workshops and seminars on May 20 to deliberate upon the current environment for clinical trials in India and how clinical research stakeholders can collaborate to ensure an enabling environment for clinical research in the country."

Suneela Thatte added: "Over the last few months, several steps have been taken by Indian regulators to bring clinical research in India back on track. We now need to restore confidence among all the stakeholders that robust and streamlined guidelines and systems are in place in the country for conducting clinical research. Thousands of patients are desperately waiting for new therapies and drugs to enter the market, and we, as clinical research professionals, have an enormous responsibility to fulfill this need. We are fully committed to working with everyone across the clinical research spectrum to create an enabling environment which encourages scientific and ethical clinical research so that patients can have better and quicker access to new treatments."

New Launches on May 20 by ISCR

To create an enabling environment for clinical research by raising awareness about its role and relevance, ISCR has launched a nationwide advocacy program called NavChetana. On May 20, ISCR will be relaunching its publication called "Clinical Trials - A Guide for Participants" under the NavChetana banner. The Guide empowers patients by providing a better understanding of clinical trials so that they can make a responsible and informed decision to participate. It guides patients on questions to ask investigators before making a decision to participate in clinical trials.


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