The popularity of evidence-based medicine in the past decade made us recognize the importance of clinical and epidemiological studies to build and report clinical evidence from Japan. At the same time, we have realized that there are numerous lacks and weaknesses including the support systems, the number of support staffs, and their educations, which were not limited in clinical trials. The effort in improving these situation has just began.
Clinical and epidemiological researches consists of a number of processes that require expert knowledge and experience including planning, protocol development, data management/project management, statistical analysis, writing reports, and quality control/quality assurance.
Our mission at this non-profit organization, the Japan Clinical Research Support Unit (J-CRSU) is to support investigator-initiated clinical and epidemiological studies and provide education to researchers and support staffs while collaborating with other organizations such as the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Preventive Health Science of the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine.
Unlike the fields of basic medical researches, which Japan has been maintaining the highest level of standards as that of US and Europe, the infrastructure development for clinical and epidemiological studies is still over 20 years behind of Western nations. In order to catch up to the other leading countries, we need to communicate and gain public understanding from the Japanese people that we are here to contribute to the health and well being of the nation. For this purpose, we need to connect individuals, a small dots, to form a line, and weave the lines to form a web, which is the web of support for researchers and staffs. J-CRSU’s logo symbolizes this process of network building.
Let us not be discouraged of initial setbacks and trial-and-error. We continue our grass-roots effort in supporting the progress of clinical researches in Japan.