Clinical Trials Office
The Neurology Clinical Trials Office (NCTO) offers complete research services and functions as a one-stop clinical support agency for the Department of Neurology.
Our mission to provide clinical investigators and sponsors with comprehensive support services, research tools, personnel, and facilities to conduct or facilitate clinical research studies.
Our aim is to provide efficiency of study startup and centralized processing. We also strive to achieve study goals with well researched, planned, and implemented study designs yielding credible and high quality results.
What Are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans.
These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people.
Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decision making.
A Long Research Process
Clinical trials are one of the final stages of a long and careful research process. The process often begins in a laboratory (lab), where scientists first develop and test new ideas.
If an approach seems promising, the next step may involve animal testing. This shows how the approach affects a living body and whether it is harmful. However, an approach that works well in the lab or animals doesn't always work well in people. Therefore, research in humans is needed.
For safety purposes, clinical trials start with small groups of patients to find out whether a new approach causes any harm. In later phases of clinical trials, researchers learn more about the new approach's risks and benefits.
A clinical trial may find that a new strategy, treatment, or device:
- Improves patient outcomes,
- offers no benefit,
- or causes unexpected harm.
All of these results are important because they advance medical knowledge and help improve patient care.