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Adriana Abuchar in Hollywood, Florida

55 months ago

I am a Dermatologist from Colombia. I worked in Colombia as a dermatologist for 3 years, and as a volunteer in Panama and Brazil. I speak spanish, portuguese and english. I had worked here in the USA in dermatology clinical research studies. I want to know if you know any opportunity here in Miami- Pembroke Pines Florida, or home base related to clinical research, monitor, etc. Thanks, Adriana Abuchar

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Pat in Madrid, Spain

53 months ago

Hello, I'm looking for a training program or a first chance to work as a CRA. I'm just taking a theorical master in Clinical Trials Monitoring in Madrid, which i'm gonna finish in February. I'm able to travel and also to move myself to anorther city.
Thanks you all for your help!
Pat

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KC Temple in Towson, Maryland

53 months ago

Hey, Pat:
I took the Clinical Research Monitoring and Coordination course at Michigan State University - here's the link: nursing.msu.edu/cracrc.aspx It helped me get my job and you don't have to worry about it being a legitimate program. MSU is an accredited university. They are really nice, too. The program director helped me find state funding. GOod Luck!

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Tyann in Atlanta, Georgia

48 months ago

Good day, I have 5+ yrs as a clinical conduct specialist. I worked for MDS Pharma Services in NJ. I now live in GA I have been working in the Oncology field. Really would enjoy getting back in the study research field please help.... Thanks, Tyann

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KC Temple in Towson, Maryland

48 months ago

Tyann in Atlanta, Georgia said: Good day, I have 5+ yrs as a clinical conduct specialist. I worked for MDS Pharma Services in NJ. I now live in GA I have been working in the Oncology field. Really would enjoy getting back in the study research field please help.... Thanks, Tyann

Hi Tyann:
I'm not sure what a clinical conduct specialist is, but I assume it involves running trials???? That would be great experience to make you a valuable hire. Do you have any GCP training? Have you checked within MDS to see if they have any CRA openings? Also, network with the contacts you had at the clinical sites, they may be able to give you some leads. Good Luck!

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michelle1 in Cleveland, Ohio

48 months ago

I have almost 3 years experience in clinical trials research. i have experience in regulatory submissions, study coordinator, budget and contract negotiation, billing and running a research office. I am looking to transition into a CRO and become a CRA. I do not have the required 2 years of previous monitoring experience. How can I transition into this field and into monitoring trials? If anyone has advice or contacts I would be most appreciative. I live in Ohio and I am looking to stay in the Northeast area. I am willing to relocate for the required number of years to complete the training and possibly permanently relocate if necessary. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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Dr Dave in Dallas, Texas

46 months ago

I am trying to become a Medical Science Liaison (MSL). But need additional experience in Clinical Trials. I am looking for advice on how to break into this field or in a role involving clinical trials. Any jobs or suggestions are appreciated. I have the following experience:
Clinical ICH/GCP Research Environment.
Project Management experience
Managerial and business development experience.
Entrepreneurial experience
Developed numerous patent, grant applications and published several peer reviewed articles.
Broad experience in Clinical Genetic Diagnostics & Clinical Research and Development.
Expert knowledge of Molecular Genetics & Recombinant DNA Technology.
Expert public presentation skills: Hundreds of presentations made to audiences of all levels.
Clinical and Basic Research:
Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and other Cardiovascular Diseases.
Inborn Errors of Metabolism.
Gene Therapy Strategies for the Treatment of Diabetes.
Mesenchymal Stem Cell research

Ph.D. Biomedical Studies, (Molecular Genetics) Baylor University

Thank You

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Sridevi Cherukuri in Fremont, California

46 months ago

Hi every one,

I just started "Clinical Research Conduct and Management" certificate program in UC Berkeley, ca. I really eanted to start an internship while doing this program. Could any one please help me get into an internship in BayArea, CA.

Sri

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Pink in Iselin, New Jersey

46 months ago

hemapatel in Piscataway, New Jersey said: Hi,

I am a recent college graduate looking to get into the Clinical Research field. I do not have any job experience in the field, but am considering taking the Clinical Research Associate Program offered by Rutgers University.

1. Does anyone know about the program at Rutgers?
2. Does anyone know where I can look for some experience in the field, so that as soon as I receive my CRA, I am able to find a job?

Please advise, I can be reached at hpatel1211@gmail.com

Hi,
I am looking for the same program in Rutgers University. Can you please let me know if you receive any updates?

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Shgupta in Boston, Massachusetts

46 months ago

Hi,

Is any one know any consultancy who can sponsor visa. As I have an job. They want to do Corp to Corp. Please let me know.

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wendy in Montreal, Quebec

46 months ago

Hello,

I'm a CRA Manager with 10+ years experience as Sr.CRA, or Lead CRA in the pharmaceutical, CRO and presently, biotech industry. I'd like to look into become an independent contractor; can anyone tell me what's required in Canada or specifically, Quebec?

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Syed Ali in East Brunswick, New Jersey

45 months ago

Hi,

I looking for a CRA internship or CRA entry level position. I am right now in transition from Finance to Pharmaceutical. Currently I am looking to get in CRA field. I have completed certification courses from local school. Since I have finance background, I want to be in Data management ultimately. Let me know, I am open to suggestions. My email is arifnj@gmail.com

Thanks

Syed Ali

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Stacy in Chicago, Illinois

44 months ago

Jessica Shelpman in Chicago, Illinois said: Hi, I am currently a senior clinical research coordinator for a small company in Chicago, IL. I have been trying to get into monitoring for a long time now and I have been unsuccessful. If not monitoring, something that would advance my career in some way. Research experience I have 5 years, specifically clinical about 2. I do have my BS in psychology. Any suggestions??? Anything would help at this point!

I run a private research company in Chicago and am seeking an experienced coordinator. We conduct CNS and medical studies. Please contact me to discuss further.
Stacy www.chicagoresearchcenter.com for phone number

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Mansi goyal in Rueil-malmaison, France

39 months ago

Booka in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: Look into i3 France.

Hey friends I have done Msc from Bioscience and worked in pharmaceutical company in ADL dept for 2.5 yrs now am in paris and wanted to start my career in clinical research so kindly tell me is there any course in france for this and is it worth doing. I dont have work permit visa..

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Giancarlo in San Jose, California

39 months ago

Hello,

I have a B.S. in molecular biology, and would like to become a research assistant/associate. However, I do not have any post-academic research experience in biology, and I was unable to participate in any undergradute internships because I needed a higher paying job to pay for college. Any recommendations on how I would go about finding a research position? I have been doing volunteer clinical GI research, and shadowing ER physicians for 2 years now.

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Eric in Tel Aviv, Israel

38 months ago

I am hoping someone here could advise me on my realistic options and chances in making a career change toward human clinical research. Currently I have eight years experience as a small animal private practice Veterinarian- With a DVM degree, a BS and Master's in molecular biology.

I would like to take a CRA course and hope to find entry level work quickly there-after.

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Patricia in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

38 months ago

Eric,

A CRA course would be a waste of money. There is no such thing as a CRA position for people who do not have experience working in clinical research. The CRA position requires several years experience as a CRC or CTA prior to being considered to work as an entry-level CRA I.

Based on your experience, I would try to transition into Pre-clinical work. Doing Pre-clinical research with animals would be a good transition for you into clinical research. After a few years of working in pre-clinical, you could make the transition into human trials. Since you have a DVM degree, I don't think that a position that only requires a BS will be enough to challenge you. Perhaps, you can get into study design writing protocols in the pre-clinical field and then transition as a study designer into clinical.

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Eric in Tel Aviv, Israel

38 months ago

Patricia,
Thank you for your response. I really do appreciate your candor. Are there any type of human clinical trial positions that are more available to those without clinical experience?

I moved to Israel from the US- partly due to financial hardships. That said the career prospects for vets here is not that great, and probably comparable to many careers in the clinical field that can be had on less education. I was hoping to get into CRA work, but I realize like you said I would need some more basic work first. Yours was really the first honest opinion I have received. There are not many pre-clinical positions posted here on the job sites, though, I will keep trying for them.

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Lucia in Montreal, Quebec

38 months ago

Eric,

Patricia is right. CRA Courses teach you the regulations but they are public. You can study them in Internet. It helps to have somebody to answer questions when you have one, but the forums also can help. I only think that pre-clinical research is not the only way to get in and not the shortest one even if it looks the most logical for a veterinarian. There are other entry level positions, the only problem is that often they are not announced and new immigrants know nobody and nobody knows them. So the answer finally is in the Internet networking. If you know somebody in 100 companies or hospitals, then you will have more chances to find an entry level position.

Best luck

Lucia

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Eric in Tel Aviv, Israel

38 months ago

Lucia,
Thank you for your advice. Are there any job titles that would corespond to such positions? CRC perhaps?

Eric

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Eric in Tel Aviv, Israel

38 months ago

Lucia,

About pre-clinical, I thought about that too- and it might even be a fine career, but it is not the growth industry that clinical research is here anyway, now that the FDA is allowing a greater for C.R. abroad.

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Lucia in Montreal, Quebec

38 months ago

Eric,

CRC usually requires good knowledge of the regulations and none of the courses is recognized whatever the companies may pretend. The names can be very different depending on the institution or the company. Look for data entry clerk, data manager and this sort of things. You can make job alerts with the key words Clinical research but in Internet you won't see more then 10% of all positions and there will be a lot of competition, piles of CVs. What you need are contacts in the companies to get access to the 90% hidden market. They can tell you when there is an opening and who is the hiring manager. So networking is the clue.

Lucia

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Massa in Bridgeview, Illinois

38 months ago

Think about it this way: you could either get a challenging and betterpaying job in preclinical.... Or, you could take a low paying job that involves a lot ofadministrative duties.

I would think that a DVM would not be happy filing reg docs or doing subject visits as a CTA. I don't understand why someone would have a doctorate and would take a job suited for someone with only a bachelors degree. You'd have to basically going back to step one again.

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Eric in Tel Aviv, Israel

38 months ago

Lucia, thank you for the advice, I will start fishing for just how to network into these positions.

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Dana in New Orleans, Louisiana

38 months ago

Hello,
I have 3+ years experience as a study coordinator in clinical trials, retrospective and population-based studies. I have experience with regulatory procedures, budgets and research administration, systematic literature reviews, and have a Master of Public Health degree. I am interested in a position with a CRO. My experience does not include the required 2 years of monitoring, and I have mostly worked for academic, non-profit and government research entities. I was recommended to look for an entry level position in the biopharmaceutical industry but it appears that if available, there are not announced. I would appreciate any advice about how I could join the field, and whether there are fast-track career development options. I prefer to stay in the South-Central area but would be open to relocation. Thank you very much.

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Mark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

38 months ago

Dana,

Moving to the RTP area in North Carolina or Austin Texas would probably be a great move for you. In order to get started at a CRO, you typically have to take an in-house position for the first few years.

I wouldn't look for advertised jobs, go directly to the CRO's website and search for jobs there or contact the HR department directly with a copy of your CV. Online job searches through sites like Career Builder are typically useless in this industry. In order to get a job, you really have to know how to market yourself and be persistent.

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Dana in New Orleans, Louisiana

38 months ago

Thank you for the great advice, Mark. I have the same impression about job searching sites. I will try both - networking and contacting CROs directly.

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Bonnie Duncan, RTR, CCRC in Columbia, South Carolina

37 months ago

Julie in Wallingford, Connecticut said: Hi Mary,

I may have some positions in your area you may be interested in. Please feel free to send an email to clinresearch95@yahoo.com

Thank you!
Julie

Hi Julie! I have my CCRC and have 4 years of experience. I have been regulatory coordinator for the last year and was wanting to move up to CRA. I am in SC, do you know of any CRA positions available in SC?

Bonnie

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emily hatter in Loveland, Ohio

37 months ago

hi everyone. I have a question i'm MD from russia didnt do the USMILE i've been in US for 10 years. i wanted to know if CRA would be a good choice i spoke to a couple of schools on line they offer classes for CRA and i was thinking , start looking for any postion at any clinical research centers at the same time take classes please any advice is appreciated any tips thank you and god bless you all.

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Tarri in Bronx, New York

37 months ago

Hi Emily,

With your qualifications, you are both over and under qualified for CRA position. You are overqualified in terms of education. You only need bachelors or RN to be a CRA and with your medical degree, you'll probably be bored and not challenged by CRA role.

But you are under qualified in terms of experience. There is no such thing as an "entry level CRA" job. Don't believe what the people selling a training program are trying to sell you. CRAs need several years experience in other clinical research positions before they can get their first CRAjob. You can't skip ahead of this requirement.

I think your skills are better suited for medical writer, medical science liaison or CRC director Jobs.

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Tarri in Bronx, New York

37 months ago

Bonnie Duncan, RTR, CCRC in Columbia, South Carolina said: Hi Julie! I have my CCRC and have 4 years of experience. I have been regulatory coordinator for the last year and was wanting to move up to CRA. I am in SC, do you know of any CRA positions available in SC?

Bonnie

Hi Bonnie,

PPD and quintiles are hiring experienced CCRCs for CRA jobs. Go to their website and apply!

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emily hattar in Loveland, Ohio

37 months ago

thank you TARRI for you advice. medical science liaison was one of the options that i was looking do u have any tips how to get started on that and thank you one more time

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Santo in West Chester, Ohio

37 months ago

Emily, check UC R. waltor college for on campus C. research certificate program.
OR college of pharmacy, MS in New Drug Development.

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emily hattar in Loveland, Ohio

37 months ago

thank you santo for the advice .what is MS? is it medical science liaison if it is they also need experience .are u attending any college in ohio.?

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Katie B in Lawrenceville, Georgia

37 months ago

I have my B.S. in Psychology and I am hoping to start my masters soon in clinical. I graduated from Clemson University. I now live in Georgia and want to persue some research and or voulnteer work in my field. I have not had the opportunity to do any up to this point, so my experience is limited. Any Suggestions?

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Juniper in Wilmington, North Carolina

37 months ago

Katie,

I would suggest going to clinicaltrials.gov and look up who is doing psychology studies in your area. Then, I would approach these investigators to see if there are any research assistant or CRC positions for you to do. It'll take a lot of networking, but everyone has to start somewhere!

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Newcard12 in Ashburn, Virginia

36 months ago

Hello,

I am a Study Coordinator with a CRO doing clinical trials for veterinary medicine. I have 2.5yrs experience with a previous CRO doing pre-clinical trials. I am looking to possibly further my career in this industry. Because I am following VICH guidelines, would it be difficult for me to switch into human trials and become a CRA under their guidelines?

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sonya in Pointe-claire, Quebec

36 months ago

Hi,
I have a BSc in biochemistry (research scientist is lab bioanalysis - 7 years experience in different laboratory sciences) and have been working with a pharmaceutial company on preclinical and clinical studies as a principal investigator under glp FDA/oecd conditions. after working on clinical studies and getting to review clinical protocol and activelly being involved wht the clinical teams, etc... i found a deep interst in CRA positions. So I'm looking for a job in Montreal area. Please let me know if you have anything.

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Ibrahim in Toronto, Ontario

35 months ago

Hi everyone,

I need a help !! I'm a permanent resident of Canada. I'm a physician (overseas trained) I finished my M.B.B.S in 2006, I finished my internship in 2007 and finally I finished my MSc in reproduction and development in 2011 from UK. I would like to work in the field of research as a CRA. I don't have any experience in this field. Can any body tell me how to get in this field? and can any body advice me whether doing a 3 months course of Clinical Research Associate Program can improve my chance to have a job in this field?

My email is nahhal2007@yahoo.com

Your advice will be highly appreciated.

Thanks

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Dana in New Orleans, Louisiana

35 months ago

Unfortunately in this field degrees are not substitutes for experience. You need to look for an entry-level position. They are rarely announced, so the best is to get in touch directly with the company of interest, or network. Even if you find a position, your chances are slim because you are overqualified - they prefer candidates with RN, Bachelor's or even Associate degrees. You will have to work 1-2 years at a low pay rate and do a lot of administrative stuff which might not be challenging enough for you. You cannot work as a CRA without experience even if you are an MD or a PhD. CROs are constantly in search of experienced staff but have chosen not to have "fast track" programs for candidates with advanced degrees. You might want to look in Canada and Europe, USA is hard right now.

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Presto in Charlotte, North Carolina

34 months ago

Whatever you do, do not get sucked in to signing up for the CRA Certificate course offered through Kriger Research International. Kriger Research uses "recruiters" to search for people looking for CRA positions. The "recruiters" offer coupons to get a discount on the course. The "recruiters" try to entice you by saying that if you take the course, it will greatly increase your chances of getting the CRA position. It's a scam. Do not sign up for the course. The content is sketchy and the certification means absolutely nothing.

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rwillis in Pinehurst, North Carolina

34 months ago

I had a bad experience with the Kriger CRA program as well. I tried to get them to refund my money after I realized the content was useless. They refused. I would not recommend using their certification programs. I think it's a scam as well.

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Jeff in Lake Lure, North Carolina

34 months ago

I agree. Avoid any Kriger International program. Completely useless.

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LadyJ in Chicago, Illinois

34 months ago

I recommend avoiding any CRA training that requires the CRA to pay any money. If a company is really interested in hiring you, they will pay 100% of your training costs. Degrees and certifications will never compensate for a lack of direct monitoring experience.

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Mrddot in Washington, District of Columbia

34 months ago

I have 3yrs experience with CRO's. I am currently a Study Coordinator. I am on the VICH side. Any ideas on how to cross over into the human side as a study monitor, CRA?

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David in Boynton Beach, Florida

33 months ago

Mary in New York, New York said: Hi I have 4 years experience in clinical research as a clinical research project coordinator/project mananger for a CRO. I am looking to advance my career and apply for CRA positions. Even though I have experienece I don't have a CRA certification. What are my chances of getting the position?
Thanks in advance.

Hi Mary. I had this happen to a friend & she went to an online program with the University of Liverpool for clinical research. Could help!

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Fafa from Montreal in Île-perrot, Quebec

31 months ago

Hi,

I have a MS degree in Biochemistry and almost 4 years experience as Study Director in pre-clinical field. I would like to switch to clinical research as CRA, so, I am taking CRA online course. I know, some people say it is useless but I ame getting a better idea on CRA job, responsibilities and get familiar with wording used in that field. I am looking for any entry level and preferably in Montreal area.

Does anyone know which company is hiring now or let me know on what direction I
should go? any idea or advise is verywlcome

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Lucia in Montreal, Quebec

31 months ago

Hi Fafa,
If you are in Montreal you can look at CRA school and visit them - they offer job assistance and announce some CRA related positions on their site but it is not very clear are they current - you can go there and find out what they offer
Good luck
Lucia

Fafa from Montreal in Île-perrot, Quebec said: Hi,

I have a MS degree in Biochemistry and almost 4 years experience as Study Director in pre-clinical field. I would like to switch to clinical research as CRA, so, I am taking CRA online course. I know, some people say it is useless but I ame getting a better idea on CRA job, responsibilities and get familiar with wording used in that field. I am looking for any entry level and preferably in Montreal area.

Does anyone know which company is hiring now or let me know on what direction I
should go? any idea or advise is verywlcome

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Fafa from Montreal in Île-perrot, Quebec

31 months ago

Lucia in Montreal, Quebec said: Hi Fafa,
If you are in Montreal you can look at CRA school and visit them - they offer job assistance and announce some CRA related positions on their site but it is not very clear are they current - you can go there and find out what they offer
Good luck
Lucia
.

Thanks Lucia for the information.

Have you been there? did you take any of their courses and how was it?
I am really interested in CRA job but I find it very hard to get into the field.Thanks

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Ria in San Francisco, California

31 months ago

I have experience as an on site CTA and am now looking for opportunities as a CRA I or any entry level positions. I have a masters in life sciences and in depth knowledge of applicable clinical research regulatory requirements including GCP &ICH guidelines. I find that entry level positions are hard to come by and are mostly obtained by networking. Also, many positions titled as entry level have "minimum of 2 year monitoring experience" stated in the requirements. I am at my wits end on how one can break into the industry when even entry level positions require monitoring experience.

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