After a successful first workshop delivered by Yale University in May 2016, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) this week offered a series of workshops on clinical research to Puerto Rican researchers.
This training event was organized in partnership with the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation (PRCCI), a nonprofit cooperative of top academic and private research sites in Puerto Rico.
The workshops were offered by experienced clinical researchers from Yale University, who trained Puerto Rican researchers on best practices in the clinical research industry on a wide range of topics in research, such as quality assurance and study management.
Clinical research is at the heart of all medical advances, as it determines how effective and safe a treatment is and how it is best delivered. By helping clinical research staff develop their capabilities, YCCI and PRCCI are contributing to enhance the quality of clinical research on the island and are ultimately helping to protect patients who volunteer in clinical trials for the benefit of all, organizers said.
“PRCCI is proud to be collaborating with Yale to upskill clinical research staff in Puerto Rico. This training is a great example of how collaboration between research institutions can be effective and help Puerto Rican patients get access to better doctors and better treatment.” said Kosmas Kretsos, executive director of PRCCI.
“There is a lot of interest for clinical research in Puerto Rico: all the workshops [were] over-subscribed. This proves once again the success of our collaboration with PRCCI and shows this partnership has a bright future ahead,” said Tesheia Johnson, deputy director and at YCCI.
PRCCI is an initiative of the the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust, a nonprofit organization created in 2004 whose mission is to invest, facilitate and build capacity to continually advance Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizen’s well-being through innovation-driven enterprises, science and technology and its industrial base.
YCCI was created in 2005. Since then, its mission has been to establish a home for the training of the next generation of clinical and translational scientists and to provide a robust infrastructure that promotes innovative and collaborative research directed at improving patient care.