Magazine article Medical Economics

Where to Learn More about Medical Research

Magazine article Medical Economics

Where to Learn More about Medical Research

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If you're new to the world of clinical trials, and you'd like to learn as much as you can before you put any money at risk, here are some resources that can get you up to speed:

"The Investigator's Guide To Clinical Research: A Step-by-Step Introduction Into Becoming a Successful Clinical Investigator," by David Ginsberg and Robert Whitaker (1997, CenterWatch, Boston), is a quick read at 140 pages. Ginsberg, a retired FP in Gladwyne, Pa., has conducted more than 300 trials and is currently an executive director at Convance, a large contract research organization. Whitaker is co-founder and editor of CenterWatch, a trade publication company for the clinical-trials industry. To order the book, call CenterWatch at 617-247-2327.

The CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service on the Internet carries information about more than 5,200 research trials. Patients can visit the site, and some 50,000 do each month. The address is http://www.centerwatch.com. CenterWatch also publishes a monthly newsletter, which costs $395 annually, and a weekly newsletter, which costs $495. The price for the two is $590. The monthly offers in-depth articles on clinical research and original survey results, as well as "Trial Watch," a feature that lists new grant opportunities and tracks drugs moving through Phase I-IV trials. "CW Weekly" reports on the prior week's breaking news in the clinical-trials industry. For information, contact CenterWatch at 581

Boylston St., Suite 200, Boston, Mass. 02116, or phone 617-247-2327. …

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