Biomedical research is any research performed with the goal of making disease diagnosis, prevention, or treatment more successful. This research leads to new understandings of diseases, more effective medications, and innovative therapies. It’s biomedical research that has resulted in the eradication of diseases that were once life-threatening — like smallpox — and contributed to advances in surgical procedures such as open-heart surgery.
Without research, there would be no medicine and no treatments. All medical advances in the last 2,000 years are the result of biomedical research. Sometimes this research is done on humans, and other times it’s conducted on animals or based on case study reviews.
Clinical research is medical research that occurs when a medical professional has direct interaction with human subjects. This research seeks answers to specific questions or concerns, most often associated with understanding, diagnosing, controlling, or treating a disease or condition. Clinical research may involve talking to patients or taking samples of blood, urine, or body tissue. Other times, it may include testing a new medication or device.
A clinical trial is a medical research study designed to test the safety and effectiveness of a new medication or medical equipment. Every FDA-approved drug goes through a four-stage clinical trial.
The first stage is small and tests the safety of the drug on healthy individuals. Stage two tests the medication’s effectiveness by administering it to patients with a specific condition. A clinical trial in stage three is much larger, sometimes including 1,000-3,000 people. Finally, stage four trials occur after the FDA approves the medication or device to observe its long-term impacts.
The decision to participate in a clinical study is a personal one, and you must weigh the benefits and risks. Clinical studies can help create new medications that cure chronic diseases or treat life-threatening illnesses, but they may also put you at risk.
If you’re interested in volunteering for a clinical study, you must first meet the study’s protocol, or guidelines. This may include things like age, diagnosis, and overall health. You must also receive informed consent, which notifies you of the purpose, procedure, benefits, and risks of the study.
To find out if Dr. Nisnisan is currently involved in any medical research or looking for volunteers, contact his office. You can even schedule an appointment easily online. Patients interested in participating or learning more about clinical trials can contact John La at email@example.com
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