Considering the rapidly growing market of traditional medicine across the globe, Korean medicine, which is one of the most effective forms of traditional medicine, has the potential to succeed in the competitive global market.
In order to take this to the next level, the Korean government, industry, and academic societies have been constantly striving for scientific progress in the fields of drugs and medical devices. However, the infrastructure for clinical research in Korean medicine has not been sufficiently established to set up research-driven hospitals and world-class clinical trial centers. Korean Medicine Clinical Trial Center (K-CTC) in Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital, supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare & Seoul Metropolitan City, will be of great help in the improvement of public health and national interests through the assessment of clinical evidence as well as the development of new drugs and medical devices for Korean medicine. As a core center for leading clinical trials in Korean medicine, K-CTC will enhance the productivity of such trials, cultivate research at an international level, and establish clinical trial guidelines in Korean medicine. With this approach, we hope we can obtain noticeable improvements in the medical field.
We will make an effort to implement various tools for clinical research in Korean medicine including online and offline educational programs, electronic case report forms and electronic review systems for Institutional Review Board, which will be developed or adopted by K-CTC, based on the interdisciplinary approach aimed at establishing a leading clinical trial center in the field of traditional medicine.
Current clinical trials pertain primarily to drugs and medical devices. We expect future clinical trials in Korean medicine to be conducted by a multidisciplinary team of Korean doctors, biologists, pharmacists, and engineers to explore the various mechanisms involved as well as establish clinical evidences. From bench to bedside research, we shall lead the future development of Korean medicine.
We hope that the establishment of K-CTC will lead to the emergence of other R&D projects such as research-driven hospitals, and that the research knowledge obtained in the process will be made available worldwide. We will strive to work towards this dream..