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Learn More about Clinical Trials

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Have you ever heard the phrase “clinical trial” and wondered exactly what that means? Simply put, clinical trials are research studies that test how effective new medical approaches work in people. This could mean that scientists are testing new medical drugs, devices, or methods of treatment. Clinical studies answer a variety of different scientific questions aimed at finding better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. Participation in clinical trials is important. Many major medical procedures would not exist without clinical trials. 

The most important feature of clinical trials is the safety of all research participants. Researchers are required to follow strict rules enforced by the Federal Government to ensure that the participants are safe. Additionally, each clinical trial follows a careful study plan or protocol that describes what the researchers will be doing. There is a principal investigator, or head researcher, who is assigned the responsibilities of making sure the protocol is followed and safety is maintained.

The Health and Wellness Library has created a Clinical Trials LibGuide you can use to learn more about clinical trials. Simply visit the website for information about clinical trials. The guide contains information about understanding clinical trials and participating in clinical trials. The guide contains links to websites and to videos you can watch.

If you would like to learn more about clinical trials, please join the Health and Wellness Library and the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research for a program, Clinical Trials 101 on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from noon - 1 p.m. on Zoom. Debbie Cadet, Ph.D., Program Manager for Community Health Education and Research at Massey Cancer Center will discuss the basics of clinical trials and research, protections that are in place and why research is so important to healthcare. Resources for participating in research will be shared. To register please visit: https://vcu.libcal.com/event/7184936.

For more information about clinical trials or about other health conditions, prevention, or wellness visit the Health and Wellness Library on the ground floor of the Gateway Building in room G-112, or follow us on Facebook.