It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow - Robert H. Goddard
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There are literally thousands of clinical trials going on worldwide at any one time...a key step in the development of new drugs, treatments and procedures.
Just like being informed about the latest cell phone or tablet coming down the pipe, it pays to be aware of which clinical trials are being conducted, especially when it comes to chronic health issues such as heart, diabetes, stroke and cancer.
But, keep this in mind...
"Millions of people each year decide to participate in clinical trials--medical research studies involving an innovative treatment for a medical problem. For the patient, such participation can sometimes be a life-saving choice. But it can also be just the opposite. Our country years ago adopted rules designed to assure that people are making informed choices about participation. This book explains the reality behind those rules: that our current system of clinical trials hides much of the information patients need to make the right choices.
Witness the following scenarios:
Hundreds of patients with colon cancer undergo a new form of keyhole surgery at leading cancer centers--never being told that 85% of colorectal surgeons, worried that it increases the risk of the cancer returning, would not themselves undergo that procedure.
Tens of thousands of women at high risk of developing breast cancer are asked to participate in a major research study. They are told about the option of having both breasts surgically removed--but not told about the option of taking a standard osteoporosis pill that might cut the risk of getting breast cancer by one-half or more.
What The Doctor Didn't Say, principally written by a nationally prominent expert, is the first book to reveal many heretofore hidden aspects about the true nature of participation in clinical trials. It shows why options not commonly known--including getting a new treatment outside of a research study--can often be the best choice. It explains how patients can make good decisions even if there is only limited information about a treatment's effect. And it does this through the eye-opening stories of what is happening daily to thousands of people."
Source: What the Doctor Didn't Say, Oxford University Press, 2006.
Then again, participants may benefit by gaining access to new treatment or procedures before they are widely available. Keep an open mind and good luck!
You can use this site to find a wealth of information about clinical research, including over 25,000 clinical trial listings (both industry and government sponsored), new drug therapies in research and those recently approved by the FDA.
Clinical Trials Search
Clinical Trials Search.org is a website dedicated to listing clinical research studies in human subjects. Clinical trials take place in hundreds of cities across the United States as well as other countries.
By bringing both of our clients (Study Participants and Clinical Investigators) together we are able to revolutionize the Study Participant recruitment process in order to make it quicker, more accurate, and more personal than ever.
Quintiles created ClinicalResearch.com to increase clinical research awareness, understanding and participation. Here you can find clinical research studies recruiting in your area and learn about advances in medical areas of interest to you.
ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
ClinicalTrialsFeeds.org provides a convenient RSS wrapper for US National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials search data. The Clinical Trials News Feed service is completely free.
ClinPage is the top news website about services and technologies in clinical trials. Its coverage is daily and definitive.
Clinical Trial Results Educational Lecture Series - Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Annual Meeting. This CME program covers late breaking clinical trials, hot topics in cardiology, and unique disease management discussions.
Current Controlled Trials
Current Controlled Trials allows users to search, register and share information about randomised controlled trials. Access to all the information on this site is free.
Fox Trial Finder
With an estimated 1 million people living with Parkinson's in the U.S. alone, the PD community is poised to take steps to transform their willingness into action – and results. Fox Trial Finder is one solution to help patients and their loved ones get involved in research by making it easier to find trials that are right for them.
IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal
The portal has been designed as a single entry allowing you to search for comprehensive information on on-going clinical trials (registry) or results of completed trials (database) conducted by the innovative pharmaceutical industry.
International Clinical Trials Registry Platform
The mission of the WHO Registry Platform is to ensure that a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making. This will improve research transparency and will ultimately strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base.
The latest Clinical Trials News & Drug Trials News articles published daily. Includes news on clinical studies findings, new trials proposed, progression of current tests in human patients
Pioneering digital media strategy for patient recruitment and clinical trials. Maximize your patient recruitment with our novel and effective digital solutions.
ResearchMatch has a simple goal — to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free and secure registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in the mission of helping today’s studies make a real difference for everyone’s health in the future.
Trials is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that encompasses all aspects of the performance and findings of randomized controlled trials.
Trials Central is a comprehensive online resource guide for trusted information about medical research studies, also called clinical research trials. The site helps to find a free, confidential program that assists the patients, their families and health care workers, to look for clinical case studies, which are most appropriate to a patient's medical and personal situation.
Americans for Medical Progress
Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) protects society's investment in research by nurturing public understanding of and support for the humane, necessary and valuable use of animals in medicine.
Association of Clinical Research Organizations
ACRO represents the world's leading clinical research organizations. ACRO's members provide specialized services that are integral to the development of drugs, biologics, and medical devices.
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
ACRP is the primary resource for clinical research professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and those in hospital, academic medical centers and physician office settings.
A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people, and new ways to improve health.
Fox Trial Finder
Fox Trial Finder was created by the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help increase the flow of willing participants — both people with Parkinson’s and control participants who do not have Parkinson’s — into the clinical trials that need them, accelerating the Parkinson’s drug development process.
Huntington Study Group
The Huntington Study Group (HSG) is a non-profit group of clinical investigators from medical centers in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, experienced in the care of Huntington patients and dedicated to research of Huntington's disease.
Healthy volunteers help advance medical science for all patients. Some studies look at healthy volunteers to learn how to keep people well, while others compare healthy volunteers with those who have specific illnesses.
Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. Clinical trials may also compare a new treatment to a treatment that is already available.
The National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.