Developing the future of medicine
Advances in medicine come from new ideas developed through clinical research.
At UCHealth, we conduct hundreds of clinical trials (also called research trials or research studies) in our ongoing effort to discover and deliver more effective treatments. Our goal is to translate discoveries made in the laboratory to patients as quickly as possible.
Why clinical trials are conducted
Clinical trials are conducted to study new medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. Clinical trials are done to determine whether new drugs or treatments are safe and effective. Several stages of clinical trials are completed before a drug or device may be approved for general medical use, if ever.
Drug and device testing begins with extensive laboratory research which can involve years of experiments. If the initial laboratory research is successful, researchers send the data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval to continue research and testing in humans. Once approved, human testing of experimental drugs and devices can begin.
Before participating in a study, talk to your health care provider to learn about the risks and potential benefits.