Our division for clinical research was established to assist our physicians in their quest for new treatment options.
By applying their clinical experience and knowledge to academic research in digestive disease all of our patients have benefited by new therapies not yet offered to the general public.
The center is staffed by experienced certified principal research investigators (physicians) and clinical research coordinators. We have extensive experience in both national and international research trials.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new medications or procedures to improve existing treatment methods and develop new ones.
In a clinical trial, participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants’ behavior, such as diet.
Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other.
When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful, or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants. For example, investigators may give a drug or treatment to participants who have high blood pressure to see whether their blood pressure decreases.
Clinical trials used in drug development are sometimes described by phase. These phases are defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Participating in a clinical trial is a very significant, personal choice.
People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
We provide information on our research studies so that you can stay abreast of the latest research and, if you choose, discuss with your doctor the possibility of participating in a clinical trial.