Clinical Research

Our physicians have been conducting clinical research for over 35 years looking for better treatment options for our patients. As medicine has evolved over the centuries, physicians have searched for answers to the devastating diseases that affect people. It was through research that the polio vaccine was developed and it was research that eventually led to the eradication of smallpox. Our physicians have a deep commitment to improving our patients health and one of the ways this is demonstrated is through the activities of theResearchCenter. The volunteers that participate in these clinical trials receive closely supervised medical care, lab and diagnostic services, as well as medications or investigational devices at no cost to them or their insurance company.

What is a Clinical Trial?
Research is a scientific approach to answering a specific question. Detailed information is gathered over a period of time in an organized manner in order to help answer the question the scientist is asking. People who volunteer receive investigational treatments under close supervision by a physician and other research professionals. All clinical trials are reviewed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and by Institutional Review Boards (IRB’s). An IRB is an independent committee that ensures that your rights as a research volunteer are protected and that you are not exposed to any unnecessary risks. The IRB ensures that you sign a consent form before you receive any treatment from the study. Clinical trials are conducted in 3 phases. (I, II, III).STCCClinicalResearchCenter participates in phase II and III trials. Volunteers in research studies are usually assigned to a certain study group. In some studies, volunteers are assigned to receive an investigational treatment or study medication while other groups are assigned to receive a placebo or a treatment already available. A placebo is an inactive product used to compare the results of the study drug. You, your study physician and your research staff may not know who is receiving placebo and who is not. This is so the volunteers can be evaluated by the physician and the research staff without favoring one treatment over another. Whether you receive the placebo or the investigational treatment, the level of medical attention and care that you receive is the same. As a cardiovascular group, our physicians conduct research for a variety of cardiovascular illnesses that affect our patients. Some of these are coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure.

Should I Join a Trial?
As a volunteer in a research study, you help in the development of medical therapies. These therapies may offer better treatments and even cures for life-threatening or chronic diseases. People volunteer to participate in clinical studies for a variety of reasons. You may get involved because you want to help in the advancement of science. It might be that you are suffering from a disease that presently does not have many treatment options. Some people join a trial hoping to get better medical care or they may not have insurance and clinical trials are a way to get study-related medical care. Whatever reason you choose, you may have questions about clinical trials and research. You should contact your physician or our Research Center to ask any questions you may have regarding clinical research trials. Our physicians and research professionals are committed to providing you with quality patient care and medical attention. Your safety is our number one priority in any research trial we conduct.

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