To focus on training clinical researchers in emerging markets
ClinTec International, the global clinical research organisation, which has offices in more than 40 countries, has opened a Global Academy of Clinical Research Excellence (ACRE) in Dubai, UAE.
The ACRE training courses, which have been accredited by the Dubai Health Authority, have admitted the first students for training in ICH-GCP.
The academy will provide the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region with a resource for training and educating professionals in clinical research techniques, methods and practices. Its aim is to accelerate knowledge and increase the quality of clinical research carried out in the Middle East.
ClinTec has recruited academy staff with local knowledge and understanding of the local clinical research market and its specific needs.
The firm plans to roll out additional academies in India, China and Latin America.
‘One of the most effective ways to make clinical research more meaningful is by having a thorough knowledge of the processes and procedures involved in research,’ said Dr Amin Al Amiri, chief executive for medical practices and licenses, Ministry of Health UAE.
‘Developing the capacity of the investigators and all involved in research to understand the full implications of the international standards required in conducting clinical research in this region can be complex, ambiguous and challenging. Therefore it is important to undergo rigorous training and direct instruction. Training initiatives such as ClinTec's Academy of Clinical Research Excellence play an important role in the development of our region and are very welcome.’
Rabinder Buttar, ceo of ClinTec International, added: ‘A major healthcare challenge in the MENA region has been the capacity to develop the knowledge of local investigators to levels in which they fully understand the complex nuances required in international clinical trials.'