Clinical trials – also known as clinical studies or research protocols – are conducted to test whether a new drug, new prevention strategy, or new screening test is safe and effective in people. Participation is always voluntary. Many studies, ranging from small, short-term studies to large, long-term studies with thousands of patients are conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Our goal is to help you make an educated decision about participating in a clinical trial and to help you understand the clinical trial process.
The clinical trial depends on the kind of research being conducted. The clinical trial team includes doctors and nurses as well as social workers and other health care professionals. They give specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor you carefully during the trial, and stay in touch after the trial is completed.
For a complete list of current clinical trials available please visit: http://www.uth.tmc.edu/ctrc/ongoing_clinical_trials.html