Clinical investigators play an essential role in the development of medicines and medical devices used to identify and treat diseases and improve the health of people worldwide. Clinical investigators have the advantage of offering patients alternative treatments that may be available only through participation in clinical trials.
Being involved in clinical trials can be a positive experience offering an opportunity to learn, become exposed to new medical therapies and devices and provide additional options or alternative treatments for your patient population.
The advantages are many. Being a clinical investigator gives you the opportunity to:
- Explore new treatments and express support for your patients
- Be a leader in your field and gain professional recognition
- Publish in worldwide recognized publications
- Enhance your professional development and expand your skills
- Gain experience and credentials that could lead to grant funding and investigator-initiated ventures
A clinical investigator involved in a clinical trial is responsible for ensuring that an investigation is conducted according to the signed investigator statement, the investigational plan, and applicable regulations for protecting the rights, safety and welfare of subjects under the investigator's care; and for the control of drugs or devices under investigation. Investigators who are able to implement, in each trial, all the necessary regulatory and study-specific requirements will gain the respect of both the regulatory authorities and study sponsors.