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Med J Malaysia. 2010 Jun;65 Suppl A:124-7.

The National Medical Research Register--a vital link between current and future research.

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  • 1Clinical Research Centre, Ministry of Health Malaysia.


Registration of research proposal to a publicly accessible website with searchable function allows information sharing and ensures research transparency. The National Institutes of Health Malaysia, realising the importance of research registration, established the National Medical Research Register (NMRR) in 2007. The NMRR functions more than just a local register: it also links to ethics approval and MOH medical research grant application. It thus facilitates researchers in their application to the Ministry of Health Research and Ethics Committee (MREC) and for Ministry of Health research grant. In addition, MREC committee members can review research protocol on NMRR website, thus saving much time and resources. From May 2007 till December 2009, more than 3000 people have registered as NMRR public users and more than 1000 research proposals have been uploaded in NMRR. The number of registration of research proposals, clinical trials and industrial sponsored trials steadily increased from year 2007 to year 2009. The web-based NMRR is the first research register in the world that links research proposal registration to ethical review and research grant application. Its future plan is to be linked with publication. Therefore, it is indeed an innovation that Malaysians should be proud of.

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