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The March issue of Clinical Researcher invites you to consider “Starting Off on the Right Foot” when strategizing on various technological and process-oriented approaches to study start-up challenges. 

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Recent Issues

Research Studies and Studying Research: Designing a Better Tomorrow—February 2020

The February issue of Clinical Researcher draws your attention to “Research Studies and Studying Research: Designing a Better Tomorrow,” offering a mix of articles and columns on training and competencies for research staff and on how certain specialized study types or approaches are meant to function.

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Rising Expectations in Research: Are You Sinking or Swimming?—January 2020

The January issue of Clinical Researcher dives into a variety of billing/financial, paperwork, data reporting, and managerial challenges at study sites under the theme of “Rising Expectations in Research: Are You Sinking or Swimming?”

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Rules and Regulations: Staying on the Straight and Narrow—December 2019

The December issue of Clinical Researcher presents a traveler’s guide to “Rules and Regulations: Staying on the Straight and Narrow,” with insights of value to PIs, CRCs, CRAs, and more.

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Charting Early and Changing Career Courses—November 2019

The November issue of Clinical Researcher considers the challenges of “Charting Early and Changing Career Courses” through a variety of columns and peer-reviewed articles.

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Breaking New Ground in Recruitment and Management for Trials—September 2019

The September issue of Clinical Researcher offers perspectives on “Breaking New Ground in Recruitment and Management for Trials” from a variety of first-time and returning contributors to the journal.

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Connecting the Research Community—August 2019

The August issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on the importance of “Connecting the Research Community” through better uses of powerful real-world data, thoughtfully developed publications, standardized technologies and skillsets, and more.

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Insights and Imperatives—June 2019

The June issue of Clinical Researcher delivers “Insights and Imperatives” on a variety of evergreen best practices for clinical trial teams to ponder—not so much ones they could adopt as ones they should adopt.

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Mapping the Way to Site Success—May 2019

The May issue of Clinical Researcher shares a variety of perspectives on “Mapping the Way to Site Success” through technology adoption, complexity tool usage, and more.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Clinical Trials—April 2019

The April issue of Clinical Researcher delivers insights on “The Nuts and Bolts of Clinical Trials”—tactics and chores for beginners in trials or that few people think about…until the person who understands them best goes missing.

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Finding Your Financial Footing in the Clinical Research Enterprise—March 2019

The March issue of Clinical Researcher offers insights from industry thought leaders on the importance of finding your financial footing in the clinical research enterprise.

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Issue Archive

Taking Aim at Adverse Events—February 2019

The February issue of Clinical Researcher takes aim at the wide-ranging topic of adverse events in clinical trials—defining them, evaluating them, training those who report them, and more.

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The Future Has Arrived: Data and Technology Trends You’re Already Part Of—January 2019

The January issue of Clinical Researcher considers data and technology trends in the clinical research enterprise that, ready or not, you’re already part of.

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Ethics in Action—December 2018

The December issue of Clinical Researcher delivers fresh insights on research ethics, including everyday situations in which you can see these ethics in action.

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Meshing the Gears of Education and Training—November 2018

The November issue of Clinical Researcher considers the importance of meshing the gears of education and training in support of a stronger clinical research workforce.

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Clinical Trials Teamwork: Some Assembly Required—September 2018

The September issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on how paying attention to the bonds between different roles on the clinical trials team makes for a stronger whole.

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New Perspectives on Recruitment and Retention—August 2018

The August issue of Clinical Researcher highlights new perspectives on the recruitment and retention of volunteer subjects for clinical trials and other hot topics in the clinical research enterprise.

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Principal Investigator Concerns—June 2018

The June issue of Clinical Researcher targets a variety of principal investigator concerns tied to the managerial and technological domains of maintaining a robust clinical research enterprise.

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Behind the Scenes of Clinical Trials—May 2018

The May issue of Clinical Researcher looks “behind the scenes” of clinical trials to consider some of the processes influencing study conduct that often go unnoticed, yet which are critical to quality outcomes.

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The ABCs of IRBs and AMCs—April 2018

The April issue of Clinical Researcher delivers lessons on the whats, hows, and whys of institutional review boards (IRBs) and academic medical centers (AMCs), and covers other timely topics in the research enterprise.

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The Privacy Prism—March 2018

Contributors to the March 2018 issue approach the theme of privacy in clinical research from the viewpoints of multiple stakeholders in the enterprise. Also included in this issue is an introduction to the ACRP Class of 2018 Fellows.

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Project Management: Delivering the Big Picture—February 2018

The February 2018 issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on the role of project management in clinical trial conduct. Topics include why today’s project leads need to evolve their roles as part of strategic contract research organizations and more.

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All Hands in on Recruitment and Retention—January 2018

The January 2018 issue of Clinical Researcher challenges everyone on the clinical trials team to be involved in patient recruitment and retention. Peer-reviewed articles cover study participants as consumers, surveying participant experiences, the “unified clinical” concept, and more.

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Your Research Career Advancement: Planned or Pushed?—December 2017

The December 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on careers in clinical research, and how they can evolve in both expected and unexpected ways. Our clinical research careers are not stagnant. They change, but what makes them change? Do we take steps as individuals to do it ourselves, or do external forces push us along?

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Regulations and Compliance: The Climb is Worth It—October 2017

The October 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on how regulations and compliance expectations benefit the entirety of the global clinical research enterprise. There are more similarities than differences in the conduct of research, whether it is a drug or a device product, or a U.S.-based study versus one conducted elsewhere.

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Sites: Tactics and Triumphs from the Front Lines of Clinical Research—August 2017

The August 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher considers tactics and triumphs from study sites on the front lines of the research enterprise. Virtually all other organizations are connected to, or dependent on, sites: sponsors, contract research organizations, institutional review boards, electronic data capture vendors, and more.

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Applying Quality Improvement to Clinical Trials—June 2017

The June 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher looks at a variety of challenges researchers face when applying quality improvement efforts to clinical trials. Quality improvement is a formal approach for the analysis of performance and systematic efforts to improve it, and is distinct from quality control and quality assurance.

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Technology for Trials: Are You Falling Behind, Keeping Up, or Getting Ahead?—April 2017

The April 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on technology-related trends and insights in data management, regulatory expectations, study coordination, and more for the clinical research enterprise. There’s no escaping the impacts of new and improved technology on the conduct of clinical trials.

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Make Your Studies Smarter—February 2017

The February 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher features tactics for making your studies smarter while also meeting industry demands to make them faster, cheaper, and more efficient. The peer-reviewed content includes articles on quality assurance coordinators, investigational drug management, reporting adverse events, and more.

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Workforce Development: New Demands, New Solutions, New Certifications—December 2016

The December 2016 issue of Clinical Researcher spotlights why workforce development is important and why it should be an ongoing priority for all clinical research professionals. A skilled workforce is essential, and the only way it can be accomplished is through education and ongoing professional development.

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Is Your Site Up to Speed?—October 2016

The October 2016 issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on some of the many barriers that exist to achieving increased research efficiency at study sites. Peer-reviewed content includes articles on remote monitoring, informed consent, investigator-initiated research, marketing research within your organization, and more.

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The Evolving World of Metrics and Other Emerging Trends—August 2016

The August 2016 issue of Clinical Researcher looks at performance improvement to help describe the selection, use, and interpretation of metrics in research. Understanding performance and components which define performance improvements helps us to describe the appropriate selection, use, and interpretation of metrics.

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The Technology Issue: New Tools to Tackle Old Problems—June 2016

The June 2016 issue of the Clinical Researcher helps you keep pace with technological trends happening in the research enterprise. While it can be exciting to see how technology makes impacts us professionally, we also need to think about how technologies are regulated and how they can affect human subjects protections.

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ACRP & You: Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence in Clinical Research—April 2016

The April 2016 issue of Clinical Researcher celebrates ACRP’s 40th anniversary and looks to the future of the clinical research enterprise. In addition to peer-reviewed content, this issue features special contributions on “living the research life,” three “givens” that will always drive successful drug development, and more.

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Ethical Issues at Sites and Beyond—February 2016

The February 2016 issue of Clinical Researcher issue considers the past, present, and future of ethical issues at sites and beyond. Ethical issues arise in innumerable aspects of clinical research. Various ethical constructs and codes direct and support clinical research and form the basis for most of the regulations.

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Careers in Clinical Research—December 2015

The December 2015 issue of Clinical Researcher looks at tips and trends for clinical research careers. These careers are increasingly sought after thanks, in part, to a booming biotechnology industry bringing new products to market and prompting high demand for many positions tied to drug and device discovery.

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Clinical Trial Billing—October 2015

The October 2015 issue of Clinical Researcher covers the clinical research revenue cycle and understanding research finance. Functional areas throughout the research management process act sequentially on a participant’s visit, adding critical information required for procuring payment from sponsors and third-party payers.

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Research “Outside the Box”—August 2015

The August 2015 issue of Clinical Researcher tackles clinical studies and activities that could be considered “outside the box.” The classic, four-phase drug development model is just the tip of the iceberg one finds when delving deeper into the field, building a career, and sometimes, even realizing a dream.

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Lean Approach, Risk Mitigation & Management—June 2015

The June 2015 issue of Clinical Researcher offers insights on risk management/mitigation and optimal performance in trials. Among other factors, clinical trials of any phase have become increasingly demanding due to higher complexity of study protocols, the data to be collected, and the extent of documentation required.

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Patient Centricity—April 2015

The April 2015 Clinical Researcher brings to light many different aspects of patient centricity in trials. Although it may seem obvious that the ultimate goal of clinical research is to improve patients’ lives, this patient-centric view is sometimes either overlooked or forgotten when it comes to trial implementation.

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Integrating Research into Healthcare—February 2015

The February 2015 issue of Clinical Researcher focuses on integrating research into the practice of healthcare. Throughout their evolution, clinical research and the healthcare industry have become more intertwined, with a diverse array of interactions, changes, and applications of thinking affecting their relationship.

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Global Regulatory Insights—December 2014

The December 2014 issue of Clinical Researcher offers a variety of global regulatory insights for clinical researchers. Clinical research for pharmaceutical and medical devices on a global scale is an area of high complexity. This includes regulations, local laws, and guidance documents that have been developed in recent decades.

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Human Subject Protections—October 2014

The October 2014 issue of Clinical Researcher spotlights international topics and human subject protections. Among other articles, you will find those that focus on research challenges in England, Latin America, and India; on trends in patient advocacy, informed consent, and investigator’s brochures; and more.

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Building Quality into Clinical Trials—August 2014

The August 2014 issue of Clinical Researcher tackles multiple angles of building quality into the clinical research enterprise. Clinical research can be an extremely fast-paced and high-pressure environment. When we add the regulatory requirements of study execution, it can be easy to lose sight of why we do it in the first place.

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Achieving Excellence Through Education and Training—June 2014

The June 2014 issue of Clinical Researcher addresses achieving excellence in research through education and training. Regulations, guidance, and ethical codes of conduct specify that clinical research professionals must be adequately trained and experienced before engaging in research with human subjects.

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Optimizing Trial Performance—April 2014

The April 2014 issue of Clinical Researcher introduces a whole new look, feel, and name to ACRP’s peer-reviewed journal, previously known as The Monitor. It includes 10 articles from a diverse collection of passionate and expert authors covering a wide range of topics related to improving trial performance.

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About Clinical Researcher

Each issue of Clinical Researcher offers nursing and medical continuing education credits through Home Study tests for Members’ professional development needs, and includes content for myriad facets of the clinical research enterprise.

The majority of the peer-reviewed articles in most issues focus on specific themes, as outlined in the Editorial Calendar, and articles are both solicited and accepted unsolicited from authors globally on topics that target the full range of the Members’ skill levels.

Clinical Researcher also includes information on product and service providers from across the clinical research spectrum.

Although most of the regular bimonthly issues are available to Members only, each year at least one issue is made available to the public at no cost and features either clinical research career-related articles or collected perspectives on broad topics of general interest to the research community and its stakeholders.

Clinical Researcher is a fully copyrighted publication. For permission to photocopy or use material electronically from Clinical Researcher [ISSN 2334-1882], please access or contact the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, 978.750.8400.

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Editorial Advisory Board

The Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) holds responsibility to contribute to and support the publication of Clinical Researcher as the preeminent resource for peer-reviewed articles about the clinical research profession and to provide members of ACRP with news and information that enhances their professional development as members of the clinical research enterprise.


Editorial Staff

James Michael Causey, Editor-in-Chief, joined the ACRP staff in 2015, and has been a healthcare journalist for nearly 20 years. As the Editorial Director at FDAnews, he ran an eight-person newsroom and was a frequent contributor to Clinical Trials Monitor, among many other publications. He’s also the author of “50 Best Practices for Clinical Trials: Lessons for Sponsors and Sites” (FDAnews 2012), and “Clinical Trials: Ensuring Patient Safety and Integrity,” (FDAnews 2006). Outside the clinical trials industry, he’s written for PhRMA, blogged about medical devices for AssuRx, and helped to develop webinar content addressing the full spectrum of the healthcare marketplace.

Gary W. Cramer, Managing Editor since 2016, joined the ACRP staff in 2006 as an Editor/Writer and later was promoted to Associate Editor. A 1987 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, he has also worked as a daily newspaper reporter in Lancaster, Pa., in public/media relations and donor communications for Penn State, and as a writer/editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine from the American Society of Landscape Architects. For ACRP, he also serves as editor of the weekly CRbeat e-newsletter, general editor for training/development and certification resources, and staff liaison to the Regulatory Affairs Committee.