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    Pearls and pitfalls for principal investigators

    Interested in becoming a principal researcher? Read this first.



    2) Do not try to make yourself look good at the technology’s expense

    Some complications cannot be avoided. Every clinical trial has adverse events (AEs). We should not try to minimize their importance, but it is not a good idea to brag about them either. For example, I have seen PIs present their management of surgical complications related to investigational devices at conferences without first consulting the sponsor

    Irrespective of whether that constitutes a breach of confidentiality (it does), I’m not sure what purpose it serves other than to increase the notoriety of the PI at the sponsor’s expense.

    If one wants to participate in future research projects, I would treat everything that occurs within the context of a clinical trial as confidential. In fact, the protocol will often contain a paragraph that constrains investigators from presenting or publishing data without the sponsor’s consent. 

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