About ACCRI (Academic Consortium for Clinical Research in India)
The ACCRI initiative was conceived to enhance Clinical Research in India, via collaboration in areas of Training and Learning via workshops and programs, Capacity building and sharing changes in regulatory requirements, advancements in drug development, and clinical research which is beneficial to academic institutions and researchers.
Importance of ACCRI Initiative
ACCRI is a special initiative of ISCR which is the nodal Clinical Research society for the Clinical research fraternity in India. Clinical Research has always been important and even more so now, wherein the work we can do collaborating with each other can have a positive impact in the lives of people, families, and patients, for whom newer treatment and disease prevention options are often very critical. From ISCR’s perspective, Academia and its researchers are an integral part of Clinical research, a lot of high-quality research is done by them and which is often very meaningful and relevant to the community at large. ISCR is reaching out to different academic institutions and research centers across India, so that we together as a Clinical research fraternity do the right thing.
ISCR has been actively leading and contributing to Clinical Research for 15 years, by building awareness and capacity building, bringing together various stakeholders at its Annual Conferences and regional workshops, and other programs and initiatives over the years. However, despite these efforts, around three years ago, it was felt that participation and involvement of Academic Clinical Research in ISCR and its activities continues to be low and inconsistent. With this background, ISCR embarked on an initiative to address this ( this was named as ACCRI in 2018 ) under the leadership of Professor Denis Xavier from St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru.
How ACCRI initiative started
The initial thinking was to enhance clinical research in India by involving leading academic researchers, institutions, or research centres for our various activities at national / regional conferences, training workshops and capacity building. An Advisory Committee consisting of about fifty experienced Academic Researchers met on three different occasions in 2017 & 2018 and discussed 30 ideas to enhance clinical research in India. Following the deliberations, 4 ideas were shortlisted for implementation as under :
  • Engage with clinical researchers in academia across India.
  • Conduct customised CR workshops in partnerships with Institutions
  • Initiate Institutional academic partnerships to drive initiatives in the regions, as nodal centres
  • Recognise excellence in academic CR by instituting national awards in the early-career and mid-career categories
The above ideas are at various stages of implementation currently and details are in the activities section.

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