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The Office of Research supports its investigators in clinical research.  Their resources and services provide assistance with the following:

  • Regulatory Affairs and Institutional Review Board Interactions
  • Budget, Grants and Contract Negotiations
  • Statistics Assistance
  • Grant Accounting and Billing
  • Clinical Trials Management and Operations

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial (also called clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions which can help determine if a medication or a treatment regimen is safe and effective for treating a specific condition or disease. Clinical trials compare the effectiveness of the study medication or treatment against standard, accepted treatment or against a placebo, if no standard treatment exists.

What to expect if admitted to a trial.

If you are accepted and consent to participate in clinical trials, you will be given a structured program to follow. You may have a schedule of test, doctor appointments and treatments. You may also be asked to keep a diary of your experience during this time.  It is important to carefully follow directions.

Doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professional may be part of your treatment team.  Your treatment team may continue to check on you after your trial is over.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

If you have more questions or want to find other trials visit ClinicalTrials.gov which provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.  ClinialTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details.