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Mission of the Clinical Research Forum 

To provide leadership to the national clinical and translational research enterprise and promote understanding and support for clinical research and its impact on health and healthcare.

The Clinical Research Forum was formed in 1996 to discuss the unique and complex challenges to clinical research in academic health centers. Over the past decade it has convened leaders at the highest levels in academic institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, information technology industry, and government to draw upon their perspectives in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the clinical research enterprise.

The Clinical Research Forum believes that continued success for our nation's translational research enterprise will require the development of an integrated system with the capacity to efficiently translate a burgeoning pipeline of basic research into high quality clinical care and improved health outcomes. The Forum‘s strategic objectives are focused in three areas:


The Forum acts as a convener to provide continuing opportunities and promote the standards for sharing best practices and debating substantive scientific and policy issues facing the field.


The Forum provides leadership to influence public policy, increase funding, broaden public knowledge, and expand support for all forms of clinical research nation-wide.


The Forum maintains productive relationships within and among our academic medical centers as well as with other societies and organizations that share common goals to ensure the recruitment and retention of our best and brightest physician scientists into the field of clinical research, developing a robust culture of support and stability for them and, facilitating cross-institutional scientific collaboration.