Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Available
For more information about enrolling in clinical trials at Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital, contact the Heart and Vascular Research Unit (HVRO) at 614-688-5901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Volunteer for a Clinical Trial?
People volunteer for a clinical trial for many reasons. By participating you can play a more active role in your own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, receive therapy for a condition you may have but for which current treatment options are limited, obtain expert medical care at leading health care facilities, help others understand how treatments work in people of different genders and races, and contribute to the advancement of science.
It is important to remember that your participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary. While a clinical trial may or may not help you personally, your results could help others with the same medical condition now or those who will be diagnosed in the near future.
Phases of Clinical Trials
Clinical trials often go through four phases before a treatment is accepted as standard medical practice.
Phase I – How does the body react to the treatment and what side effects might occur?
Phase II – Does this treatment promise to be safe and effective?
Phase III – In large group testing, how does this treatment compare with standard treatment or no treatment?
Phase IV – After a treatment or drug has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and is available for public use, testing continues to uncover any other possible side effects.
Clinical Trial Oversight/Review
All Ohio State University clinical trials are overseen by the University’s Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP), a unit of The Ohio State University Office of Research. ORRP supports the University’s goals of promoting the ethical conduct of research involving human and animal subjects. For more information about ORRP, click here.
All clinical trials at Ohio State are evaluated, approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) under the ORRP. Ohio State has three IRBs – one each for biomedical sciences, cancer, and behavioral and social sciences. These boards are staffed by physicians, scientists, patient advocates, clergy, community members and other healthcare providers. They are responsible for overseeing the protection of human subjects in research.