The goal of a clinical trial is to determine whether a medicine or treatment regimen is safe and effective, typically by comparing it with an accepted medicine or treatment, or a placebo.
A principal investigator leads every clinical trial. In the case of UBMD trials, the principal investigator is a UBMD physician.
Clinical trials may consist of research teams that include other doctors, scientists, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals.
Our physicians conduct clinical studies at UB, in our affiliated hospitals or in our medical offices and clinics.
The length of each trial varies, depending on what we are studying.
If you are considering participating in one, we will tell you how long the study will last before you enroll.
Clinical trials follow a carefully controlled research plan, or protocol. A group formally designated to protect the rights, safety and well-being of clinical trial volunteers reviews the protocol before the study begins.
Organizations that fund clinical trials include: