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Participating in a Clinical Trial

UNMC is recruiting patients for clinical trials

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies in which participants receive drugs, devices, or other experimental treatments under the supervision of an investigator (researcher in charge of the study). Some clinical trials use investigational drugs, devices, or tests, while others are looking for alternative ways (i.e. new indications) to use those drugs that have already been FDA-approved. Our investigators are involved in studies that will answer questions about diseases or conditions that affect their patients.

How Are You Protected?

Before any drug, device, or test can be approved by the FDA, rigorous laboratory testing is done and clinical trials must be completed. These clinical trials are reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). No clinical trials are conducted at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine without the approval of the IRB.

The IRB is an independent ethics committee that is composed of volunteer members who are scientists, non-scientists and members of the community. The IRB assists researchers in the protect ion of the rights and welfare of human participants. To be sure that participants enrolled in clinical trials continue to be protected, the IRB conducts ongoing reviews of all active research.

Participants are given a consent form before they participate that explains the purpose of the trial, risks, potential benefits, and many other details important to study participation. This consent form is not a contract and participants can leave the study at any time for any reason.

Why Should You Participate?

Clinical trial participants are vital to the advancement of medicine and the future of clinical care. As a participant, you may or may not benefit directly from your participation, but involvement is imperative in understanding how to improve care for future patients.

It is also important for research studies to include participants from diverse populations so that the study results will reflect all ages, genders, and cultures.

During these trials, you will receive the best care from UNMC physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. UNMC is committed to safe research and improving healthcare for our community.

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