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Clinical Research Protocols

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Definition - Clinical Research Protocols (protocols) are research studies conducted by NIH staff. The protocol may test something for a specified condition or purpose, e.g., a drug or medical device, or may review previous studies or record the history of a disease or condition. Staff on a protocol consist of a Principal Investigator (PI), possibly a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI), one or several Associate Investigators (AI), a Medical Advisory Investigator (MAI), and a Research Contact (RC). There may also be consultants to the protocol, e.g., statistical or scientific consultants. Some of the investigators or consultants may not be NIH employees. To protect the integrity of the protocol and therefore the NIH in general, the financial interests of the NIH employees named on a protocol must be reviewed to confirm that no conflict of interest exists between investigators’ official duties on the protocol and their personal or imputed financial interests.

Protocol Review

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