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Research Supplements to Train and Retain Study Coordinators to Support Clinical Trials in NIDDK Disease areas

September 2019 Council

Lead Division/Office

OMHRC

Point(s) of Contact

Robert Rivers, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

Diseases that fall within the NIDDK mission areas are common, costly, and consequential, and they pose a heavy burden to racial and ethnic minority as well as disadvantaged communities. Clinical studies and clinical trials are essential to finding appropriate strategies for the management of these diseases. Full representation of the United States population in clinical trials/studies is critical to ensure the quality of medical care, integrity of the biomedical research enterprise, and greater participation of all relevant communities in clinical trials/studies. NIDDK proposes to provide research supplements to clinical trial (and study) programs to recruit and train Study Coordinators from the respective population groups to increase their participation in clinical trials and clinical studies programs in NIDDK mission areas. This pilot program aims to provide supplemental funding for recruitment and training of clinical trial study coordinators from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research for up to two years.