What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings conducted to determine the safety of a treatment or drug. This is achieved by gathering information about potential adverse effects and collecting data for health interventions such as drugs, diagnostics, devices and therapy protocols.
The most commonly performed clinical trials evaluate new drugs
, medical devices, biologics
or psychological therapies. Clinical trials are sponsored or funded by organizations or individuals such as physicians, medical institutions, foundations, voluntary groups and pharmaceutical companies in addition to federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA).
How you can participate
Rochester General Hospital conducts a wide variety of clinical trials in a variety of specialties. Below, you can search for all active clinical trials by condition / disease.
The following links can help you learn more about research and the clinical trial process:
- Food and Drug Administration Consumer Health Information - Resources, updates, recalls, alerts and information to educate consumers on important health news
- The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation - A non-profit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media and policy makers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process
- ClinicalTrials.gov - A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials currently being conducted in the U.S and around the world