About the Global Health Clinical Trials Programme
This web-based facility has been developed by a collaboration between many research organisations (listed below) that work in the field of global health. It is open access and free. The ethos of this initiative is that those working on trials in resource limited setting can access each other; whatever their role and whatever disease they work on. Researchers can then work together to share guidance, tools and resources in order to improve trials and make them easier to conduct, thereby helping address questions around diseases of poverty. This site also provides guidance material, standard documents and training resources.
For more information about how you can get involved, click here.
There is a strong focus on careers and training with a free and comprehensive continuing professional development scheme, and free, practical eLearning courses. The continuing professional development scheme provides a secure and confidential training record and graded career tracking scheme, as well as signposting trial staff to their next steps and guiding regular reviews with their managers or senior peers.
We welcome all comments and contributions. The intention is that this platform is not ‘owned’ or based in any one organisation or location but is fully open access and participatory. The site has been built in such a way that it will provide easy access to the most appropriate material for all those working on trials, whatever their role or stage in their career. At the core of the site are the guidance documents. Some of these are written by the editorial team and many others by clinical trialists who work in the topic they are writing about. These short papers provide straightforward ‘how-to’ notes to take a researcher through a specific process or issue. These guidance articles are frequently accompanied by templates, and example documents to further help a researcher. We really encourage others to write articles or send in their templates and examples to share their expertise and help others in understand a specific step or method in trial design or conduct. All articles and materials will recognise the author and their institutions, and be reviewed by an expert panel. Therefore over time the number of articles and range of subjects they cover will increase and be written by a wide variety of trialists from varied settings. Writing these articles is a good development exercise for clinical trialists and this website provides a platform for demonstrating good practice, experience and competence for research sites and individuals alike.
There are areas of this site those seeking information or answers to a specific problem. Here you can post questions or find an expert or someone doing the same job as you in another site. We hope that the discussion groups on areas such as trial methods, operations, data management and trial laboratories produce useful exchanges that will identify good examples of good practice that others can benefit from, or show that there are some problem areas that need new tools or some research effort. The blog area is where we really encourage people to tell us about their experiences, frustrations and hopefully solutions; or simply tell us what happened on their trial today.
It is important that the material made available, in terms of tools and resources as well as the guidance that is provided, is reliable, credible and high quality. All the content that has been placed on this site during the pilot phase has been reviewed and approved by the editorial team (details below). Six expert panels are in place to answer queries and review tools, comments and guidance put forward by users and a steering committee to further enhance the governance and oversight. Any questions, comments or concerns please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Collaborators in Global Health Clinical Trials.org
• European Developing Country Clinical Trials Alliance (EDCTP)
• East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EDCTP funded)
• Africa Malaria Network Trust (AMANET)
• Malaria Consortium, Uganda
• Vietnam MoH
• Medical Research Council, Clinical Trial Unit
• MRC, The Gambia
• Malawi-Liverpool WT Research Unit
• Swiss Tropical Institute
• The Malaria Centre, LSHTM
• Drug for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi),
• Liverpool Centre for Tropical Medicine
• Bloomsbury Centre for Tropical Medicine
• Imperial University Centre for Tropical Medicine
• Institute for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
• Facultad de Salud Escuela de Salud Pública Maestría en epidemiología Colombia
• Centre for Paediatric Research, Lucknow, India
• KEMRI-Wellcome Programme, Kenya,
• World-Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN)
• Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand
• Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
• Nuffield Department of Medicine, Centre for Tropical Medicine.
• Sri Jayewardenepura Teaching Hospital Sri Lanka
• Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, Duke University. USA
• KEMRI/Centre for Disease Control, Kisumu. Kenya.
• Clinical Trial Laboratories, Kintampo Ghana
• CSH Medical University Uttar Pradesh, India
• Consortium for National Health Research, Nairobi, Kenya
The Editorial Management Team
Trudie Lang1&2, Phaik Yeong Cheah3, Tran Tinh Hien, Roma Chilengi6.
1KEMRI-Wellcome Programme Kenya, 2Oxford University Centre for Tropical Medicine, 3Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok , 4 Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ,