What do Clinical Research Coordinators do?

A Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a specialized research professional working with and under the direction of a clinical Principal Investigator (PI).  There is no such thing as an average day in the life of a CRC, but in general, the role of a Clinical Research Coordinator is to conduct in-person visits with the human subjects participating in clinical trials, to document the progress and side effects of new treatments, and to oversee the delivery of the protocol (or treatment plan) with patients enrolled in the study. Clinical Research Coordinators conduct clinical trials at a variety of research sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, and universities. They are responsible for ensuring that trials are conducted using good clinical practice measures and that the protocols of the study are followed according to exacting specifications. Clinical Research Coordinators also help ensure that trials are conducted in an ethical manner. A CRC collaborates with a PI, department, sponsor, and/or institution, to support, facilitate, and coordinate the day-to-day activities of a clinical trial, working with patients, and ultimately playing a critical role in the overall success of the study.