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National summit meeting to develop goals and leadership in clinical research

During 1998 and 1999, three organizations convened the "National Clinical Research Summit," with the goal of establishing broad, national goals in clinical research and creating a process for monitoring progress toward meeting those goals. The summit included two conferences.

The summit sponsors included:

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  • The "National Clinical Research Summit" was intended to respond to a number of trends that have left the future of clinical research in the United States uncertain, including cost containment and the restructuring of academic medical centers.

    Modeled after a 1990 summit convened by then-President George H. Bush to establish goals for America's educational system, the summit included two conferences:
    • The "Graylyn Clinical Research Summit Retreat," which took place on November 20–22, 1998, in Winston-Salem, N.C., drew 50 participants from approximately 45 organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth Fund and SmithKline Beecham.
    • The "Clinical Research: A National Call to Action" which took place on November 15, 1999, in Washington, drew approximately 50 members of the Summit Project group and invited government liaisons.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $50,000 to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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