Updated on 17 September 2013
Under the Healthcare NKEA, the entry point project entitled Clinical Research Malaysia aims to create a supportive environment and complete ecosystem to grow the number of clinical trials to 1000 by the year 2020.
The rise of the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) has created a sense of urgency in Malaysia. The government, in its resolve to make Malaysia a developed country by 2020, has introduced various programs to improve and enhance the nation's capacity in the fields and industries it already has an edge in. The NKEAs are not a new concept but a continuation of Malaysia's Vision 2020 to be a self-sufficient industrialized country. The NKEAs, which are part of the Economic Transformation Programme, was launched in 2010 and is the comprehensive road map to achieve the same vision albeit with updated approaches.
Under the Healthcare NKEA, 13 entry point projects (EPPs) were started. As research and development is recognized by the World Bank as an indicator for a high income nation, one of the EPPs involves making Malaysia the preferred destination for clinical research. The EPP entitled Clinical Research Malaysia aims to create a supportive environment and complete ecosystem to grow the number of clinical trials to 1000 by the year 2020. As the most important enabler for the set goal is to have trained clinicians who will be principal investigators, one of the essential tasks is to strengthen the human capacity of at least 1000 new investigators by the year 2020.
The Clinical Research Centre (CRC), a Ministry of Health (MoH) organization with the mission to improve patients' health outcomes through ethical and quality clinical research, will continue its focus of building research capacity in Malaysia by encouraging and equipping more clinician investigators. As the bulk of the healthcare services is within the Ministry of Health hospitals and clinics, CRC's role is imperative as it has within its network access to over 25,000 doctors serving in the public hospitals and health clinics.
One of CRC's recent project is organizing research camps for intelligent, highly motivated healthcare professionals who are interested in research. The objectives are to increase the number of clinician investigators in the MoH, increase the number of better quality research projects and groom the next generation of clinician scientists. In these camps, participants will be exposed to the importance of clinical research, its relevance to clinical practice and the way to integrate research into service, the link between clinical research and drug discovery, and the attributes of a good researcher. These camps, which will be held in different states throughout Malaysia, will enable participants to maintain their interest in research, share research ideas, generate solution for their research problems, connect with people with similar interest, and update their achievements in terms of protocol completion, publication and presentation and more importantly get the support they need at the network of 27 CRCs at MOH hospitals.