What is a Clinical Trial?
A scientific test of the effectiveness and safety of a therapeutic intervention (as a drug, surgery, procedure, device, or vaccine) using consenting human subjects. Clinical trials can also test new uses of drugs or treatments that are already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a specific use. Clinical trials are carried out under strict guidelines with great attention to measures of safety.
Should You Participate in Clinical Research?
People participate in clinical research for a variety of reasons. People who volunteer for clinical trials may gain access to promising drugs before these compounds are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the marketplace. Others choose to participate as a way to advance science.
The overall mission and predominant focus for the Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology is to promote original scientific research in the molecular and cellular biology of cancer on the UTMB campus and to facilitate translation of novel research findings into clinical applications for the improved treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of cancer.
A broader mission is to coalesce all ongoing efforts in cancer research, clinical care, education, and prevention into a larger cancer center effort with multidisciplinary, multi-departmental and multi-institutional components to provide the most up-to-date and compassionate care for the cancer patient.