Clinical Trials

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are tests of experimental drugs, devices or other new treatments. Some clinical trials test drugs that have already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some compare two or more current treatments. This research is important to improve health care. Being in a clinical trial may or may not benefit you, but it may help future patients.

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All research procedures are designed and monitored to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All of our research studies are reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is a group of doctors, researchers and members of the community. Its role is to make sure the study is ethical and that the rights and wellbeing of patients are protected. The IRB conducts ongoing reviews throughout the life of each study.

Informed Consent

If you choose to participate, you must go through our informed consent process, where you will learn key facts about the study. You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, and the research team will walk you through details like: why they are doing the study, possible risks and benefits, how long it will last and the needed tests. This process will continue throughout the study. It is not a contract. You can always ask questions, and you will always be able to leave the study at any time for any reason. 

Why you should participate:

  • It's important for research studies to have people from different backgrounds. We want our study outcomes to include all ages, genders and cultures
  • You may be contributing to improving health care within Nebraska and beyond
  • We are committed to safe research and improving healthcare for our community