Atlanta offers a unique combination of resources that facilitate clinical trials. The nation’s largest pediatric hospital (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) is located here, along with one of the most respected African American medical colleges (Morehouse School of Medicine). Add in Emory School of Medicine and a vibrant hospital community and you have the elements needed to conduct successful clinical trials.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber is currently researching the benefits of creating a central Institutional Review Board (IRB) to facilitate metro Atlanta and statewide clinical trials. Georgia’s rich ethnic diversity ranks it in the top three states in the country for metropolitan areas with high rates of minority patients.
The state already has one central organization focused on attracting and promoting oncology clinical trials. The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) is an independent, non-profit organization working to improve cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical research throughout the state. A relatively young organization founded in 2003, Georgia CORE is a novel collaboration of clinicians, scientists, educators, public health practitioners and those affected by cancer.