A clinical trial is a research study conducted with volunteer participants, usually to evaluate if a new treatment is safe and effective. Each study is designed to answer scientific questions and to find novel and better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat a disease, such as cancer.
Clinical trials are part of a long, careful research process that can last many years. The search for good cardiovascular treatments begins with basic research in a lab, followed by animal studies to test safety and efficacy before the treatments are tested in humans. The best results of that research are then tried in patient studies, usually done in phases. New cardiovascular treatments must prove to be safe and effective before they can be made widely available. Most clinical trials study new drugs or procedures in order to receive approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
At UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, we are active in many clinical trials. Because we are part of UC San Diego Health – the only academic health system in the region – you may also benefit from the novel therapies and clinical trials developed through our innovative research.
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