Amel, Harielle, Sarah, Tarika
Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) are scientists with a background in human biology research who play a key role in clinical trials; they are involved in their design, preparation, planning, review and implementation. CRAs must also ensure that protocols, the detailed plan for medical trials, adhere to regulatory and ethical standards. Many are also responsible for formulating and writing research protocols, designing data collection forms, and managing regulatory paperwork and applications. Concurrently, CRAs are continuously in touch with study participants (patients) in order to ensure their well being during their participation in various studies. They are in charge or assist in the running of clinical trials, making detailed observations, interpreting and analyzing data, and forming results and conclusions. Finally, CRAs actively participate in scientific meetings in order to stay up to date with new medical or ethical developments.