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Capacity Building

We believe that to build capacity, good researchers need good tools and training. In terms of building clinical research capabilities in the MENA region, we offer different courses that are tailored to the individual needs of different members of the clinical research community. Our training program is under continuous development by MECRA’s board and consultants, in order to meet the growing demand for clinical research support in the region.


Our current courses include: 

Basic GCP: for CRAs and Site coordinators

This basic course presents the cornerstone of our training program, as we offer GCP training to every new comer into the clinical research community. The course currently focuses on the requirements of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in clinical studies with pharmaceuticals, but we are also developing a second version for medical devices.



Advanced monitoring: for CRAs

For CRAs who took the basic course and completed their first monitoring year, this course can help them gain knowledge on how to review protocols and informed consents, how to boost recruitment and manage sites; and how to improve study management. It represents an ideal tool for continuous education and career progress to these CRAs.



Clinical project management I: for CRAs and project managers

This course provides the essential skills in project management methodologies, understanding clinical trial life cycle, how to initiate a clinical trial and how to plan a trial. It is ideal for experienced CRAs and/or fresh PMs.



Clinical project management II

This course follows the Clinical Project Management I course, and will give advanced insight into the execution of the trial and the closure of the trial. It will also focus on the risk management, allocating staff and budgets, dealing with clients and contracts.



Investigator role in Clinical Research

While the Basic GCP course (above) is tailored to CRAs and Coordinators, this advanced course emphasizes investigator responsibilities in patient consent and recruitment, follow up on site procedures, and other tasks that are key to achieving GCP compliance.  



Writing successful Manuscripts

This basic course allows investigators to write and submit a manuscript such that they maximize their chance for successful publishing in a reputable journal. The course material can be tailored to the specific specialization of attending physicians, if they all come from the same specialty area.



Basic Biostatistics: what do the numbers mean?

This course allows investigators to interpret the statistical results in published articles, as well as their own studies. In its basic version, the course helps investigators understand statistical figures and interpret metrics (such as confidence intervals, P-values, ….). The course material can also be tailored to the specific specialization of attending physicians, if they all come from the same specialty area.


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