Welcome to the INCTR News wiki site!

This site provides archived and recent news items relating to projects conducted by INCTR. This includes all INCTR Branches or project site locations. The project sites are located in Belgium, Brazil, France, UK, India, USA. Additional project locations (i.e., coordinating sites) include East Africa, Andra Pradesh, and Sao Paolo. Most of the information you will need about INCTR is available via its primary website located at www.inctr.org. Additional information can be found on various "wiki" sites, particularly on News-INCTR and INCTR Faculty Members/projects.

Note that the general use of a computer is to allow material to be stored on-line in a variety of formats, and usually take advantage of data bases in which the data is stored in various categories which can be seen in the form of tabulations, lists, pictures etc. by everyone, but modified only by those who have registered and may also require passwords. The later are few in number.

We have found that in general, health professionals, particularly those who live and work in low and middle income countries (LMIC) are often reluctant to store information about patients (as would be required in screening, conducting clinical trials and following outcomes) seeing this, presumably, as not part of their duties. Without being able to analyse information, however, we cannot make progress. Thus, more information will be provided about the use of clinical trials, the collection and storage of clinical (and sometimes other kinds) of data and analyzing the data - that is, learning from the information collected. Some of the analyses performed may reveal new information, verify comparability of two groups of people (such groups may be small and local or large and national or global.

We recognize the financial and physical efforts required to collect the data, but unless conclusions can be made from the studies performed, nothing has been gained - neither information, nor progress. Data management can be tedious and sometimes difficult, and can only be analyzed if structured (e.g., the elements of the study are subdivided into previously divided groups. Knowledge comes from an understanding of the ways in which things are connected. This should become, therefore, as a vital part of what INCTR us about. Recently, it was decided to increase, broaden and strengthen these connections.

The second 20 years of INCTR's existence will therefore focus on data its collection, storage, analysis and translation into "stories" that people understand.

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