Importance of ACCRI Initiative
Dr. Chirag Trivedi, President-ISCR:
ACCRI is a special initiative of ISCR which is the nodal Clinical Research society for Clinical research fraternity in India. Clinical Research has always been important and even more so now, wherein the work we can do collaborating well can have a positive impact in the lives of people, and for patients, newer treatment options are often very critical. From ISCR’s perspective, Academia and its researchers are an integral part of Clinical research. They play an important role; a lot of good research is done by them and which needs to be meaningful to the community at large. ISCR is reaching out to the leading as well as upcoming academic institutes of this country and its researchers and experts to make sure that we together as a CR fraternity do the right thing.
Background: Origins of ACCRI
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 programmes 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: Professor Denis Xavier, National Convenor, ACCRI
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.
With this in mind, an Advisory Committee consisting of experienced Academic Researchers along with ISCR’s leadership met at Bengaluru in end 2017, and subsequently at the time of ISCR’s Annual Conference in early 2018, at Bengaluru and then in a dedicated self-funded meeting at Goa in June 2018. In these meetings, many ideas to enhance Clinical Research were discussed and deliberated, over thirty in number were generated. From this, four ideas were shortlisted for implementation as under:
- Engage with clinical researchers in academia across India.
- Conduct customized CR workshops in partnerships with Institutions
- Initiate Institutional academic partnerships to drive initiatives in the regions, as nodal centres
- Recognize 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 Core activities section.