Opportunities in the Field of Clinical Research in India

Clinical Research as a field of research, study and employment has grown rapidly only in the last fifteen years. Today, this segment offers great career opportunities. Read the following post to know more about clinical research in India

The economic spectrum of a country has an impact on the educational systems and of course employment opportunities surrounding the same. Career developments should complement each other. Post-independence, India was struggling with developing an economy that would appeal to all. With the economic liberalization of the country, the education system also underwent a lot of changes. There were developments in the fields of science and technology especially when the country moved towards rapid industrialization; this was augmented with the liberalization of the Indian economy when the private sector emerged as the largest employer.
The fields of medicine and medical studies have gained momentum since independence; and now the field of clinical research is the next big thing that has begun attracting a huge aptitude pool from across generations.

Clinical Research in India
The field of clinical research is comparatively new in India that has developed only over the last one decade. Ten years back, it would be a Herculean task to find out anything about clinical research, forget about a proper Clinical Research Organization existing in the country. However, a decade down the line, Clinical Research is an established field in India that offers great career opportunities.

As Clinical Research began to grow, the Indian government was farsighted enough to get the most out of the market. Thus, 2003 saw an epoch-making event in this field when the Drug Controller of India ended up introducing Good Clinical Research Practices. However, by this time a certain percentage of senior doctors were involved in research-oriented studies pertaining to Clinical Research. Today there are at least more than ten players in Clinical Research in the market.

When the practices for clinical research were laid down by the government of India, it mentioned that it is mandatory for all clinical trials in the country to follow every rule and regulations that are laid down in the practices.

The process, as mentioned in the trial, involves conducting research, studying the risks and benefits involved in any medicinal product. All the trials are usually conducted at different stages in order to ensure that the advantages of clinical research are reserved and also whether the medicine has the potentials to implement the function for which it has been invented. Significantly, all these examinations are usually performed in order to monitor the safety measures where there are large scale customs of drug.

A professional in this field, normally termed as clinical research associate is involved in performing high-end research work covering all kinds of medicinal and pharmaceutical aspects. The ultimate motive clinical research is to ensure the benefits of medicine and give priority to safety.

The process of clinical research can be divided into three phases—the first phase comprises human testing, which in most cases are usually accomplished on a healthy and sound subject. Comparative studies about the efficacies of drugs form a major part of clinical research.
Post-marketing surveillance is the next stage that follows the three major steps. In the post-marketing surveillance phase, researchers are mostly involved in gathering as much information as possible about the effectiveness of one drug along with other drugs.

A Career in Clinical Research
Those who are interested in making a career in this field, should start as early as possible; i.e. right after school. Opt for a Bachelor's degree in Science (choose subjects like Biology, Zoology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Microbiology). Specializations in clinical research are offered by some medical colleges; but it is advisable that you opt for a BSc. Honours degree course. Thereafter a postgraduate degree in similar fields can ensure you a well-defined career prospect in Clinical Research. Students, who have specialized in pharmaceutical studies, are also suitable for pursuing a career in the field of clinical research. The basic job descriptions of professional in the field of clinical research involve two major aspects:
• Designing, implementing and monitoring several clinical trials
• Drafting a plan of activities that form a major part of monitoring and conducting clinical trials

Institutes and Remunerations
Some of the best institutes in India that offer courses in Clinical Research are listed below:
• Institute of Clinical Research, Delhi
• Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi
• St. Xavier's College, Mumbai
• DIPSAR, Delhi
• Pondicherry University, Puducherry
• Among some private institutes, names include
• Clinical Research Education and Management Academy (CREMA)
• Asian Institute of Health Sciences, Thane, Maharashtra
• Reliance Institute of Life Sciences, Navi Mumbai

Institute of Clinical Research or ICR is one of the premier clinical research institutes in the country that provides an independent framework that reaches up to the global standards. It always focuses on boosting Clinical Research in India.

An established field, Clinical Research has good opportunities for beginners and experienced candidates. Beginners van draw somewhere between INR 22000 to INR 25000. With experience, salary packages can shoot up easily, depending upon the stature of the organization. Organizations like Cipla and Biocon in India are the top recruiters of clinical researchers.

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