Forum Helps Health Community Understand Role of Clinical Research

Clinical research roundtable meetings

From 2000 to 2005, staff at the Institute of Medicine and the Commission on Life Sciences of the National Academies convened the Clinical Research Roundtable.

The purpose of the roundtable was to provide a forum for discussion among a wide variety of stakeholders (e.g., the academic health community, private-sector sponsors of clinical research, health plans and insurance companies) to enhance mutual understanding of and support for high-quality clinical research.

Key Results

  • The roundtable met in executive session nine times at the Washington headquarters of the National Academies. The roundtable also held two workshops and three symposiums to examine more closely issues raised at the executive sessions.

  • Project staff created a website containing a list and brief descriptions of the meetings and workshops, along with related reports, articles and downloadable PowerPoint® presentations. The site also includes links related to career resources for clinical researchers, resources for ethics and guidelines and related articles.

  • Roundtable participants published 10 articles and five reports related to topics examined at the sessions in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Investigative Medicine. Thirty-nine articles about the roundtable appeared in periodicals, including the New York Times and Medscape Medical News.

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