The NMA Hits Major Clinical Trials Milestone

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(BlackDoctor.org) — The National Medical Association (NMA) has been steadfast in its commitment to increase diversity in all aspects of the clinical trial process, especially among clinical investigators and volunteer participants.

In 1999, the NMA established Project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Increase Minority Participation and Awareness of Clinical Trials) to coordinate its efforts to educate African Americans about research, develop physicians as effective clinical investigators and facilitators of research in minority communities. Led by Principal Investigator Dr. James Powell, a certified physician investigator, the project has provided various levels of education and intensive training to over 5000 health professionals in the United States and the Caribbean. This is a remarkable achievement upon which the NMA continues to build.

“It is the National Medical Association’s position that African American patient and physician representation in clinical trials is generally inadequate, compromising the quality and validity of clinical trial findings used to treat African Americans,” says Dr. Cedric M. Bright, NMA President. As such, the NMA is committed to increasing physician and consumer diversity and participation in all aspects of the clinical trial process.

The NMA in partnership with the Association of Black Cardiologists will conduct its signature Good Clinical Practices and Skills Building program in December. Good Clinical Practices training ensures compliance with specific regulations and guidelines that govern human medical research.