Clinical researchers come from many disciplines as the diversity of their professional associations represent. This is good news for those looking toward clinical research careers, as it indicates that one can find such a career from many different starting points. Our resources page gives you some idea of that professional diversity, a few places to find a clinical research job, and some funding to support your work.

Professional Associations

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and other clinical laboratory science-related disciplines.

The American Board of Clinical Chemistry is devoted to certification of individuals with doctoral level degrees in the practice of clinical chemistry, toxicological chemistry, and other clinical laboratory medicine disciplines.

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, an organization for clinical laboratory science practitioners, provides leadership and promotes all aspects of clinical laboratory science practice, education, and management.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology is a medical society organized to promote public health and safety by the appropriate application of pathology and laboratory medicine and to serve as the national resource to enhance the quality of pathology and laboratory medicine, primarily by developing comprehensive educational programs and materials.

The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics promotes the science of human pharmacology and therapeutics through research, exchange of scientific information, consideration of legislation and regulations that affect drug development and utilization, and education.

The Canadian Association of Professional Regulatory Affairs is the industry association for pharmaceutical regulatory affairs professionals in Canada.

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals provides clinical research professionals in Europe and North America with workshops, training programs, and certification.

The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists is a national scientific and professional society representing clinical biochemists. The society establishes standards for diagnostic services and serves as a resource to government, industry, and health care associations, in the interest of the general public.

The Clinical Research Association of Canada provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas relevant to all aspects of clinical research in Canada.

The Institute of Clinical Research (formerly ACRPI) is for clinical development professionals throughout Europe and offers expertise with respect to the scientific and ethical conduct of clinical research.

The International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology was formed by an international group of scientists and physicians to promote the related disciplines of therapeutic drug monitoring and clinical toxicology worldwide.

Learn More About Clinical Research

The Basic & Clinical Medical Scholars Research program is designed to offer Stanford medical students the opportunity to perform funded bench and clinical research in a supportive learning environment.

A Canada Foundation for Innovation report on research opportunities and emerging research identifies areas where Canadian researchers could make a contribution and be competitive at the international level in clinical research.

The Centerwatch Clinical Trials Listing Service Web site has information about clinical trials and new drug therapies recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Although the site is designed to be a resource both for patients interested in participating in clinical trials and for research professionals, there is a useful Careers and Education section.

The Tufts Center for Drug Development runs an Annual Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development, and Regulation at the campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facilities initiative has provided five centres, at Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester and Southampton, in which to carry out patient-oriented research.

CliniWeb provides quick and easy access to biomedical information used by health care profession students and practitioners in five different languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese) and has direct links to MEDLINE searches via the PubMed system at the National Library of Medicine.

Position Search Resources

National Health Service Clinical Scientists offers current vacancies in the UK.

The U.S. Public Health Service is the largest federal health agency.

Profiles of Centers Conducting Clinical Research.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has many research training opportunities.

The InPharm.com Career Centerhas job lists for those in the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Career Center is an excellent place to research career information and find a job.

Clinical Research Jobs is a specialist division of Seltek Consultants which specialises in recruiting Clinical Research Associates and the like.

Funding Resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers offers up to $35,000 per year toward educational debt with a commitment to conduct clinical research.

The UK's Medical Research Council supports clinical research through project grants and fellowships.

The Wellcome Trust has a number of career development fellowship schemes, several aimed at clinical researchers, including Clinician Scientists Fellowships.

The Association of Medical Research Charities is an umbrella body for the many charities which fund medical research in the UK. Its Web site has a searchable 'funding guide'.

NIH's " K Kiosk--Information about NIH Career Development Awards" includes awards specifically for clinical researchers.

The NIH Office of Extramural Research Web page links to the training awards pages of all the NIH institutes, centers, and offices.

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