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Clinical research scientists conduct research and clinical investigations of diseases and conditions to determine accurate diagnoses and effective treatments. They work in a variety of employment settings, including hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical labs. Safety precautions must be followed and protective gear used when dealing with potentially infectious samples.

Career Opportunities in Clinical Research

  • Treatment
    Treatment research (also called "clinical trials") generally involves an intervention such as medication, psychotherapy, new devices, or new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Prevention
    Prevention research looks for better ways to prevent disorders from developing or returning. Different kinds of prevention research may study medicines, vitamins, vaccines, minerals, or lifestyle changes.
  • Diagnostic
    This refers to the practice of looking for better ways to identify a particular disorder or condition.
  • Screening
    Screening research aims to find the best ways to detect certain disorders or health conditions.
  • Quality of life
    Also known as "supportive care," this research explores ways to improve comfort and the quality of life for individuals with a chronic illness.
  • Genetic studies
    Genetic studies aim to improve the prediction of disorders by identifying and understanding how genes and illnesses may be related. Research in this area may explore ways in which a person's genes make him or her more or less likely to develop a disorder. This may lead to development of tailor-made treatments based on the patient's genetic make-up
  • Epidemiological studies
    Epidemiological studies seek to identify the patterns, causes, and control of disorders in groups of people.

How to Become a Clinical Researcher

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue B.Sc. in Clinical Research for 3 years/MBBS/BDS/B.Pharm etc. Pursue M.Sc. in Clinical Research for 2 yearsPursue Ph.D. in Clinical Research for 3-5 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue or in Life sciences Pursue Post Graduation Diploma in Clinical Research for 1-2 years-

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12thor senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit (17 at 31st December of the year of admission).

Leading Institutes

Top Clinical Research Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Clinical Research (ICRI) Multiple Locations
Public Health Foundation of India New Delhi
Christian Medical College, Vellore Vellore
Avigna Clinical Research Institute Bangalore
Sikkim Manipal University Sikkim
Anovus Institute of Clinical Research Chandigarh
Apeejay Svran Institute for Biosciences & Clinical Research Gurgaon
Asian Institute of Health Sciences (AIOHS) Mumbai
Clinical Research Education and Management Academy (CREMA) Bangalore
Cliniminds New Delhi
ICRI-Health New Delhi
Oasis college of Science and Management Pune
Reliance Institute of Life Sciences (RILS) Mumbai
Top Clinical Research Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Oxford United Kingdom
Harvard University U.S.A
Johns Hopkins University U.S.A
Imperial College London United Kingdom
Stanford University U.S.A
University of California Los Angeles U.S.A
University of Melbourne Australia
Yale University U.S.A

Work Description

  • Conduct research to test various drugs and their uses
  • Develop a strategy about the possible course of action, objectives, subjects and the procedures
  • Outline the finances and chalk out a budget through fiscal accounting
  • Discuss and review the results with medical professionals
  • Formally prepare the reports which include all the details of the research work
  • Use the results drawn in formulating appropriate policies
  • Take care of the safety and other ethical concerns while experimenting with the subjects

Pros & Cons of a Career in Clinical Research

  • You will get the opportunity to explore new methods.
  • With the development of new methods, you will get the opportunity to help others by applying them.
  • You will get satisfaction on checking the safety of the medicines.
  • The job can be frustrating if you are not able to get new methods or techniques.
  • You can have long working hours
  • There is less face- to-face interaction with the patients.
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