How does it work?

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.

Who conducts clinical trials?

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.

Where do clinical trials take place?

Our physicians conduct clinical studies at UB, in our affiliated hospitals or in our medical offices and clinics.

How long do clinical trials last?

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.

How are clinical trials conducted?

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.

Who pays for clinical trials?

Organizations that fund clinical trials include:

  • foundations
  • medical institutions
  • federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health
  • pharmaceutical companies