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Interested in Clinical Research Training? Here are 5 Tips for Statistical Analysis

Statistical analysis is a critical component in an evidence-based clinical research process. Statistical analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data gathered to determine trends and patterns. Using statistical analysis allows researchers to establish whether the data they’ve obtained supports their research question. When approaching a clinical research study, it’s important to start the process with a statistical analysis plan (SAP), choosing the statistical methods which are appropriate for the study at hand.  Despite its importance, developing a statistical analysis plan for clinical research can be a complicated task, especially if your research framework isn’t totally air tight. If.. READ MORE »

Drug Development Life Cycle Explained to Those Seeking Clinical Research Careers

For any drug to be deemed safe for public consumption, it must first go through a life cycle of development. In Canada, this process is heavily regulated by the federal government, and must adhere to the guidelines of the Canadian Drug Review and Approval Process. Before any drug can be submitted to Health Canada for approval, it must undergo a series of phases, from preliminary research all the way to clinical trials. But what exactly do these processes for verifying a drug’s safety and efficacy involve? And why is each step necessary? Here’s what those seeking clinical research careers should.. READ MORE »

Importance of Data Privacy and Security in Trials: An Overview for Students of Clinical Research Training

Clinical trials are essential for the development of new treatments. With this in mind, it becomes even more important to make sure sensitive data is protected in the process. This is especially true when these trials rely increasingly on digital file storage. Volunteers in these trials trust researchers’ ability to keep their data safe and secure, as well as protect their privacy. This can help prevent avoidable issues from occurring at any phase in the process, and reassure participants that their sensitive information is safe, secure, and confidential. By understanding the importance of protecting sensitive data from the view of.. READ MORE »

A Primer on Safety Signal Interpretation for Clinical Research Careers

If you would like to combine your interest in science and health,then a career in clinical research may be the right choice. When you study clinical research, you have the chance to learn about topics such as pharmacovigilance practices.These generally refer to how pharmaceutical products are developed, tested, and monitored to ensure they are safe and consistent. One of the key components of pharmacovigilance practices for clinical research,as well as aftermarket surveillance, is safety signal interpretation. Keep reading to learn more about this process and how it factors into clinical research. What Are Safety Signals? As you take courses to.. READ MORE »

A Quick Intro to Pharmacogenomics for Students in Clinical Research Courses

Height, weight, and gender are some of the standard factors looked at when determining the appropriateness or dosage of a medication, but even accounting for several of these may not result in a perfect solution. Accounting for the very genetic code of the individual who is meant to receive a treatment, though, could be the key to providing the precise care that is best suited for each person.  Pharmacogenomics is the study of how the genome affects an individual’s reaction to a drug that enters their system. In an age of heightened focus on genetic modification and engineering, it is.. READ MORE »

Clinical Research Training Spotlight: A Look at the Development of the Flu Vaccine

The development of a dependable influenza (flu) vaccine was a major breakthrough for public health. For centuries, societies had suffered from seasonal outbreaks of this debilitating infectious disease. Nowadays, the lethal effect of the flu has been tempered in part via vaccination programs, but the disease still poses an ongoing risk, especially to the young, old, and those with compromised immune systems. Here’s how the ongoing development and persistent research around the vaccine has turned it into one of our enduring public health achievements. It’s a wonderful look into the important role that clinical researchers have in keeping the public.. READ MORE »

How Professionals With Clinical Research Careers Excel in Project Management

Research projects can be complicated to manage. With such high stakes, it’s important that clinical research professionals have top-notch project management skills to keep everything running smoothly. From planning, to determining study goals, budgets, and more, project management has many different aspects that professionals need to keep in mind. Because of these demands, students earning their clinical research diploma become well-versed in the principles of project management during their studies. If you’re considering enrolling in a clinical research program, get a head start on your learning by reading on about how top clinical research professionals manage projects! Pros with Clinical.. READ MORE »

3 Common Adverse Drug Reactions You Might See After Completing Your Clinical Research Diploma

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), side effects, and allergic reactions to drugs may all seem like similar terms, but they mean a variety of different things. An ADR is an unwelcomed and unwanted reaction to a drug that can be caused by an allergic reaction or for another reason. A side effect, on the other hand, is a reaction to a drug that in most cases is positive. To help keep people informed about potential risks associated with different pharmaceuticals, countries like Canada have systems for reporting the occurrence of ADRs. As you may notice during your career, some ADRs seem.. READ MORE »

Students Getting a Clinical Research Diploma: The FDA Approved a Lung Cancer Vaccine for Clinical Trial!

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in Canada, as well as the leading cause of cancer related deaths. It even causes more deaths than the next three major cancers combined. Although there has been a substantial drop in lung cancer diagnosis over the past 20 years, there is plenty that needs to be done before the disease is preventable and completely treatable. Researchers are looking to trial new drugs that take a different approach from current invasive treatment options. A new lung cancer vaccine approved by the FDA uses immunotherapy to target cancer cells. If you’re interested in.. READ MORE »

What Does the ‘Fitbit’ Lawsuit Mean For Clinical Research Careers

Wrist-worn heart rate tracking devices from companies like Fitbit are big business, and not just with athletes. According to recent estimates, there are over 100 medical studies in the United States alone that involve Fitbit devices, with several more that use bands from competing companies. The intended benefit of using these devices in studies is that they should allow researchers to collect quantitative data about their patients’ health, negating the need to use unreliable self-reported information. Research from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, though, suggests that Fitbit’s continuous heart rate tracking “do[es] not accurately measure a user’s heart rate,” which.. READ MORE »

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