Clinical studies support Core will provide support for translational and clinical studies recruiting subjects across the CG Research Themes at NHCS. It aims to attract external funding from academic collaborators and industry-sponsored clinical studies.
The Key Functions:
Clin Assoc Prof David Sim Miss Florence Ang Miss Salma Asali Miss Leow Wanshan
This core will support research themes and integrate with other cores:
Our core is supported by a team of management staff and senior/clinical research coordinators. We function as a team to operate and coordinate clinical research projects to ensure smooth operation of the projects are conducted in accordance to good clinical practice.
Our management team assist PIs in grant applications, budget planning and tracking of regulatory/ethics approval status. We worked closely with external vendors in negotiating contract agreements, budget costing as well as managing their expectations and milestones accordingly. We monitor the progress of the project and communicate regularly with all stakeholders to ensure successful completion of the project. We provide supervision, guidance and training as needed to all staff to execute and meet the projects standard accordingly.
The coordinators play a vital role in managing the projects to ensure study compliance and strict adherence to good clinical practices. They communicate regularly with external monitors for projects initiation, protocol and recruitment matters, data queries resolution, safety reporting and project completion. They assist the PI in all the projects related follow-up visits (clinic or phone contact) and all
research administrative matters including compiling and generating clinical study reports, annual study report for all projects to CIRB, grant authority if applicable.
Our core provides expertise and manpower support to various industry sponsored clinical trials and Investigator-Initiated research studies. Some are of significant importance and impactful which includes but not limit to the following:
We assisted one of our investigator initiated study SingHEART project to collaborate with Nestec (research arm of Nestlé) to start a new sub-study called ARROW, which recruited 100 healthy individuals from the SingHEART cohort for a food challenge study. This is a novel collaboration where
investigations on phenotypic and genotypic correlations come together with nutritional factors and serves as an example of how we attract external funding from industry partner for our clinical research studies.
We also provided recruitment support to our institution MOH registered tissue bank- NHCS Biobank since 2013. As of 31 Dec 2021, we assist in recruiting 5138 participants to donate biological samples to NHCS Biobank for future research.
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