Research is an integral part of healthcare. Today, clinical research is conducted across academic medical centers and community healthcare systems with the ultimate goal of improving patient care by examining news ways to prevent, detect or treat disease.
The Office of Human Research is a centralized research office that offers all physicians at Memorial the support they need to perform clinical trials.
What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a research study where volunteers receive an investigational drug or device under the supervision of a physician or other research professional. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), clinical trials are important research tools for advancing medical knowledge and patient care. Treatments might consist of:
- New drugs or new combinations of drugs
- Innovative surgical procedures or devices
- New ways to use existing treatments
By participating in a clinical trial, you can do your part to contribute to medical research while also potentially gaining access to new, innovative treatments and medical devices before they become available to the general public. The treatments and medications on the market today are the result of past clinical trials.
Who Can Participate in a Clinical Trial?
All clinical trials have criteria that must be met in order for a patient to participate. The inclusion criteria specify what the patient must have in order to qualify. The exclusion criteria specify what the patient must not have in order to qualify for a study. Every one of these criteria must be met to promote the participant's safety and to ensure that researchers obtain the information they need.
Protecting Your Rights and Safety
Federal regulations are in place to ensure clinical trials are conducted safely and ethically. As a research participant, your rights and safety are protected through:
- Informed consent
- Careful review and approval of the clinical trial protocol by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Oversight by the FDA
- Ongoing monitoring of the trial
The Memorial Healthcare System Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing all research conducted at Memorial Healthcare System and to protect the rights and welfare of those patients and individuals who volunteer to take part in human subject research. The IRB is guided by the ethical principles set forth in the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research report, called the Belmont Report.
Participate in a Clinical Trial
Interested in participating in a clinical trial? Simply fill out and submit our online form to start the process or call the Office of Human Research at 954-265-1847 to learn about the clinical trials currently available at Memorial.
To access the NIH's database of clinical trials, go to http://clinicaltrials.gov/.
Clinical Trials at Memorial:
For Cancer Patients
Memorial Cancer Institute, in cooperation with EmergingMed, offers a free Clinical Trials Matching and Referral Service for patients looking for cancer-related clinical trials. This service provides unlimited access to current, verified clinical trial information. Click here or call 866-890-6618 to learn about current cancer-specific trials available to you.
Cancer clinical research at Memorial Cancer Institute:
Interested in learning how you can participate in a clinical trial at Memorial? We're here to help. For more information, or to speak to one of our staff, call 954-265-1847.
Office of Human Research
Memorial Healthcare System
4411 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, Florida 33021