Strengthen clinical trials driven by investigators, Europe research councils say

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1111
  1. Jacqui Wise

    Medical research councils in Europe have devised a strategy to strengthen clinical trials that are instigated by academic researchers rather than commercial interests.

    The European Medical Research Councils, part of the European Science Foundation, held a series of five workshops to examine the problems that are facing researchers who are conducting clinical trials. The resulting report, Forward Look: Investigator Driven Clinical Trials, lists 26 recommendations to strengthen such research in Europe (see box).

    Investigator driven clinical trials tend to have a much …

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