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Vision, Mission & Function

The ICR, one of the six research institutes under the National Institute of Health (NIH) Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), has been operational since August 2000. ICR functions as the clinical research arm of the MOH. It has 33 branches located at major MOH hospitals (Hospital CRC) and National Cancer Institute. Its headquarter is located at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

To become a leading clinical research institution in Asia

To improve patients’ health outcomes through ethical and quality clinical research

Research that Matters to Patients


  • To provide leadership in the development and strengthening of clinical research capacity in the Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • To facilitate the establishment of hospital clinical research centres and provide technical support to the network of Hospital CRCs
  • To promote and support the conduct of Investigator Initiated Research among MOH staff
  • To coordinate the conduct of Industry Sponsored Research at MOH facilities
  • To establish and maintain clinical database for the MOH
  • To establish collaboration with local, regional and international research organisations in the pursuit for excellence in clinical research in the country.


  • To support and facilitate research activities in the hospital through the provision of a) Database of clinicians interested in research – by interest areas, track record on Industry Sponsored Research (ISR) for Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) and publications; b) Technical support such as statistical analysis; c) Administrative support such as providing research assistants and study coordinators; d) Facility support such as IT, statistical software, and others, and work station;
  • To assist in the registration of research protocol to NMRR (National Medical Research Register) and application of grants for research;
  • To participate in clinical trials and other research initiated or coordinated by the national ICR;
  • To promote research through capacity building in the following ways:
    i. Conduct courses such as Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Research Practice (GRP), research methodology and biostatistics;
    ii. Conduct regular in-house Continuous Professional Development (CPD);
    iii. Run research clinics – provide consultation on research methodology, study design, protocol and statistical analysis;
    iv. Have mentoring programme for clinicians and other medical professionals interested in research.