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The AU-KBC Certificate Program


The Certificate Program of the AU-KBC Research Centre, Anna University Chennai, would train qualified graduates and postgraduates to design, conduct and monitor clinical trials for Investigators and or Clinical Research Organizations (CRO), Sponsors of the trials, Clinical Trial Centres, and other agencies. Anna University Chennai has a proven track record in training and supplying quality manpower in large numbers to the entire nation in diverse fields, and AU-KBC Centre with its infrastructure and resources is extending this tradition to the domain of Clinical Trials Management. Given its width in terms of the fields of expertise available with it, Anna University in general, and AU-KBC Research Centre in particular, is ideally suited to handle the strongly interdisciplinary nature of training needed for this domain. The training itself will be carried out in close collaboration with, and with support from, other stakeholders including Clinical Trial Sponsors, Clinical Investigators, Hospitals, Medical Colleges, CROs, Pharmaceutical companies, National Laboratories, Universities, Life Sciences laboratories etc. In addition to AU-KBC Centre and Anna University, the training faculty, expertise and facilities will be drawn from all these sources as well.


The proposed certificate program of over 500 contact hours inclusive of projects or internships, managed either on a full time basis of four months or on a part time basis of six months, is intended to cater to the manpower requirements for the Management of Clinical Trials. While the topics in Drug Discovery and Development process necessary to understand the importance of clinical trials will be covered in the course, the specific objective of the training program itself is to train candidates to support and manage clinical trials. The primary aim and scope of the training is to make the candidates employable as Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), Clinical Research Coordinators in leading Pharma, CRO firms, support staff for Investigators, Hospitals, surveillance staff for sponsors, biostatistical services to various clients involved with clinical trials, regulatory and Drug Control Agencies, training faculty etc. The program however can also serve as a sound introduction to this domain for other potential players in the industry such as medical practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists etc.