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OPINION
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 152-155

Involvement of general public in biomedical research


1 TMC Research Administrative Council (TRAC), Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India
2 Tata Trusts, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Boehringer Ingelheim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 The Max Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
5 V Care Foundation, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
C S Pramesh
Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Dr. Ernest Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-3485.192029

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Biomedical research is crucial for any country's progress and the health of its ethnic population. This effort needs to be sustained and well supported for it to bear optimum results. The major stakeholders in medical research are the general public, patients, researchers, physicians (and medical institutions), the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities, and the government. Much of the pressure to perform cutting edge research in developed countries is driven by the general public; however, this has been conspicuous by its absence in India. This is largely due to misconceptions that medical research in developing countries is an experimental exercise using human beings as guinea pigs, primarily benefiting only the pharmaceutical industry and a general lack of awareness about the importance of original research within the country. This editorial addresses various issues related to public involvement in biomedical research and suggests the need for solutions and imperative remedial measures.


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