Educating and Training
Education and Training will form an important activity of
the DAECTC. The current medical curriculum does not offer
any training in clinical research either at the undergraduate
or at the postgraduate level. In order to fill this void and
DAECTC could play a major role in education and training in
the area of cancer.
Regular workshops on clinical research methodology will be
held to give intensive training in good clinical practice,
principals of randomized clinical trails, case-control and
cohort studies, data accrual and management, quality of control
of data, statistical methodology etc. The participants will
also be given hands-on training in the use of software packages
for data collection, data management and statistical analysis.
Research fellowships would be offered which would enable
young oncologists from other centres to come and train at
this centre. This will help to create a pool of trained clinical
scientists in the country capable of conducting independent
clinical research and undertake clinical trials, which could
be utilized for the conduct of national multicentre trials.
Co-ordinating Clinical Research and Networking with Centres
of Excellence :
The DAECTC will form the nodal point for the co-ordination
of randomized clinical trials and other clinical research
activities in cancer in the country. A Core Group consisting
of well known academic oncologists representing 8-10 centres
of excellence will institute identify important research projects,
direct and co-ordinate the research activities of DAECTC.
A centralized laboratory is essential for undertaking standardized
assays in any multi-centre research programme. With the laboratory
facilities that would be available at ACTREC it will be possible
to carry out sophisticated laboratory tests, which form part
of clinical research projects. These include hormone assays,
receptors assays, enzyme assays, specific genetic markers
DAECTC would play an important role by offering advice on
design, protocol writing, sample size, designing case record
forms etc. for other centres, which lack the necessary expertise.
Holding National /International Conferences
The DAECTC would from time to time hold national and international
conferences to promote clinical research activities in the
country. The first meeting on practice of evidence based medicine
and formulating guidelines for uniformity of standards of
care across the country was held on 28 February and 1-2 March
at the Tata Memorial Hospital.