The Iowa Neonatal Clinical Research Committee (INCRC) was developed to promote neonatal clinical research and assist investigators who plan to recruit infants in the NICU. Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), along with their families represent a vulnerable population in which research is needed to provide evidence for improving care. There is considerable potential for competition among studies within this population. This committee is responsible for advocating on behalf of this finite population for the conduct of high-quality clinical research for infants in the NICU, as well as facilitating quality research with these potential study participants. This interdisciplinary team provides scientific and feasibility guidance for investigators who would like to conduct research within the NICU. The INCRC reviews and facilitates protocols to ensure patient safety, dignity, and satisfaction with the goal of minimal disruption in the typical functioning of the NICU.
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