groups » The Zambian Clinical Research Forum » Discuss how individuals with different skills and experiences can contribute to the conduct of clinical research in Zambia?

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  • mmubita01 Mwangana Mubita 23 Apr 2014

    Individuals with different skills and experiences can help to add credibility to clinical research findings so that these can easily be translated into clinical guidelines which may be used by professionals in practice. For example, clinical research involving use of investigational products may require expertise of pharmacists in handling of investigational products.This may require that pharmacists are involved during protocol design,drafting of standard operating procedures, monitoring of adverse events etc.

  • mukomakalumba Mukoma Kalumba 24 Apr 2014

    I agree with you and would like to add that it would also be vital to share our unique skills and experiences with colleagues and other professionals. By so doing we may be able to promote local collaborations and improve on future research studies through the knowledge of other's experiences.

  • Also share your line of though Mubita & Mukoma. I also contend that the research platform in Zambia can be further enhanced by increasing collaboration among the different areas of skills and experience that researchers possess. As a young researcher in my field, I strongly feel I do benefit more in strengthening my research skills by tapping into the skills, knowledge and experience of different 'seasoned' researchers in the field of interest. By doing so, a form of research mentorship is created through which skills transfer takes effect. These collaborative approaches are exactly one approach we are seeking to engage our Faculty at the School of Medicine to adopt for internal capacity building in research.

  • blalusha Bwalya Daka 2 May 2014

    It is not possible for one researcher to know everything there's. To know about a subject without collaboration with other professionals. Integration of skills and experiences of individual researchers will greatly improve the quality of research conducted here in Zambia. For example, if a clinical trial on the effect of some 'new antibiotic' on shigella. The different area of medicine should be consulted. The pharmacist must certain the potency of the drug, the lab must make its initial diagnosis of shigella present and after drug intervention, shigella absent. The doctors must now make sure the symptoms marry the disease or something like that.
    As a laboratory scientist, it surprises me how a lot of clinical research is conducted with collaboration. Most papers i have seen (in Zambian journals) you find that all the investigators of a particular research is just people from one profession (section of the medical field). There's no depth to most research conducted by our very own researchers.

  • blalusha Bwalya Daka 2 May 2014

    *how clinical research is conducted without collaboration.

  • mukomakalumba Mukoma Kalumba 2 May 2014

    You have all raised very important issues and with the mention of collaboration among different professionals, can we talk more about how understanding the roles of different members of the research team can influence our conduct of research?

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