Clinical Research

What is Clinical Research? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Resources

B.S. in Clinical Research

M.S. in Clinical Research and Product Development  

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is defined as the study of drug, biologic or device in human subjects with the intent to discover potential beneficial effects and/or determine its safety and efficacy. Also called clinical study and clinical investigation.  It is the systematic measures used to assess safety & efficacy of new medicines. They compare the new treatment under evaluation with a placebo or the previous standard treatment.

Before a pharmaceutical company can initiate testing in humans, it must conduct extensive preclinical or laboratory research. This research typically involves years of experiments in animal and human cells. The compounds are also extensively tested in animals. If this stage of testing is successful, a pharmaceutical company provides this data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requesting approval to begin testing the drug in humans. This is called an Investigational New Drug application (IND).

Forensic Science Information

back to the top

Related Career Titles

Analyst
Auditory Scientist
Clinical Affairs Manager
Clinical Director
Clinical Interviewer
Clinical Project Leader
Clinical Quality Advisor
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Science Manager
Clinical Study Data CoordinatorContinuing Review Manager
Medical Director
Principal Investigator
Protocol Nurse Coordinator
Radiochemist
Research Coordinator
Research Education & Training
Specialist
Clinical Trial Coordinator
College Professor

Continuing Review Manager
Medical Director
Principal Investigator
Protocol Nurse Coordinator
Radiochemist
Research Coordinator
Research Education & Training Specialist
Research Monitoring Specialist
Research Nurse
Research Supply Specialist
RN Clinical Research Coordinator
Safety Associate
Transplant Research Coordinator
Research Monitoring Specialist
Research Nurse
Research Supply Specialist
RN Clinical Research Coordinator
Safety Associate
Transplant Research Coordinator
Clinical Study Manager
Clinical Training Manager

back to the top

Related Major Skills

Quality Control Analysis
Equipment Maintenance
Reading Comprehension
Troubleshooting
Operation and Control
Operation Monitoring
Critical Thinking
Science Orientation

Complex Problem Solving
Visual Monitoring
Problem Sensitivity
Inductive/deductive Reasoning
Information Ordering
Category Flexibility
Flexibility of Closure
Oral and Written Communication

back to the top

Job & Internship Search Links

Association of Clinical Research Professionals Career Center  

Center Watch

Clinical Research Academy

Clinical Research Job

CyberDivan Recruiting

Duke Clinical Research Institute

Health Jobs USA

HireMedical

InPharm

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

National Institutes of Health

Pharmiweb

RegSource

Science Careers

The Scientist Careers

US Food and Drug Administration

back to the top

Professional Associations Links

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Journal of Clinical Research

National Center for Research Resources

Society of Clinical Research Associates

back to the top


UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by:  D. Reed [ reedd AT uncw DOT edu ]