Sunway Medical Centre’s Clinical Research Centre (SunMed-CRC) was established in August 2009 in response to the demand for evidence-based practice, in line with SunMed’s aspiration to participate significantly in medical research as the regional site partner of the Cambridge University of Clinical Medicine and an ESMO affiliated oncology centre. The CRC is dedicated primarily towards coordinating all research involving human subjects, which may be related to:
- pharmaceutical products,
- medical devices,
- medical radiation and imaging,
- surgical procedures,
- medical records,
- biological samples,
- and/or epidemiological, social and psychological investigations.
The CRC seeks to promote ethical and reliable clinical research according to the international and local Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards. The CRC bridges communication between investigators and their counterparts and assists with feasibility assessments conducted by interested parties. Apart from facilitating SunMed’s research projects, the CRC also documents and tracks the progress of clinical research conducted.
With the CRC, SunMed seeks to contribute significantly to the health of the nation through research.
To be one of the leading research centres in the ASEAN region.
To set up a world class Clinical Research Centre for the conduct of Clinical Trials and Research in line with Good Clinical Practices for advancement of medicine and improvement of clinical outcomes.
CRC assists consultants to review the feasibility of protocols received from pharmaceutical companies or CROs, taking into consideration the resources, patient pool, patient indication, facilities and services required to conduct the study in SunMed.
We have an institutional committee, the Sunway Medical Centre Independent Research Ethics Committee (SREC) comprised of medical professionals and non-medical members, whose responsibility is to ensure the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects involved in a clinical trial are taken care of. It is compulsory for all studies involving human subjects at SunMed to be reviewed and approved by SREC before any related work may be conducted.
CRC has in-house legal advisors that review the provisions of the agreements involved.
Pre-Clinical Trial Organising and Planning.
CRC reviews the trial design and procedures to ensure that SunMed has the expertise and facilities to conduct the relevant procedures. CRC liaises and discusses with relevant departments and consultants on the protocol procedures to ensure any concerns are dealt with efficiently.
Clinical Trial Operations.
Managing key deliverable issues, personnel, data, finance and operational matters in line with hospital policies to meet sponsor/CRO’s, GCP and regulatory requirements.
Site initiation and closure:
CRC will provide the venue for site initiation and closure. CRC ensures that all pre-initiation and initiation procedures are performed accordingly to meet GCP and regulatory requirements.