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What is a clinical trial?

Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. We have both interventional & observational types of studies. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.

Current & upcoming clinical trials - Updated 10/19/2014
October 2014 - October 2015
This pilot study looks to explore the biological effects of exercise on cancer and muscle cells using a two week exercise program (HIThigh intensity training) on 20 patients with newly diagnosed and operable colorectal cancer following diagnosis and prior to surgery. Maximal oxygen uptake will also be measured. The aim of this pilot is to assess the feasibility of recruiting participants to and carrying out a two week preoperative exercise program in patients with colorectal cancer.
Sponsor: The Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Study type: Interventional
October 2014 - October 2015
Childhood obesity is a major area of concern for health care and public health. Overweight children are more likely overweight and obese adults. Chronic health problems associated with adult obesity are now occurring more frequently in children. Because of the associated health problems and potential for long term struggles with obesity, intervention early in life is essential for addressing the obesity epidemic. Some intervention work in this area has focused on the pediatric primary care setting in order to utilize the influence and credibility of medical providers. Unfortunately, primary care visits are often too short to spend a significant amount of time on issues of diet, weight and nutrition. There has been very little work exploring the potential of alternative care settings, such as the pediatric Emergency Department (ED) in addressing childhood obesity. While provider time is also limited in the ED, there is often a considerable amount of downtime during emergency department visits that could be valuable time for patient and parent education. There may also be an opportunity to reach parents and children in the ED who do not regularly utilize primary care. In order to explore the possibility of pediatric obesity interventions in Children's Pediatric Emergency Department, we will need to measure the prevalence of obesity in the population that utilizes the Children's ED. The height of patients seen in the ED is not routinely measured, which makes calculating BMI to determine obesity impossible. This study, establishing the prevalence of obesity in Children's Emergency Department will lay the groundwork for future work addressing obesity in the ED.
Sponsor: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Study type: Observational
October 2014 - March 2017
The study hopes to determine whether patients with left-sided breast cancer are at an increased risk of cardiac changes due to radiation to the breast +/- Anthracycline-based chemotherapy +/- Herceptin and whether a deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) technique during radiotherapy treatments would further reduce dosimetric dose to the heart as compared to the conventional free breathing (FB) technique thus reducing cardiac toxicity as measured by cardiac MRI using left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) as a metric. Bio fluid samples will also be collected to investigate specific biomarkers of breast cancer: BNP, PIIINP and CITP
Sponsor: AHS Cancer Control Alberta
Study type: Interventional
October 2014 - December 2015
Ideally, the postoperative inflammatory response is part of a well-orchestrated mechanism that contributes to tissue healing and rapid recovery. An exaggerated uncontrolled inflammatory response, however may lead to catabolism, tissue damage and organ failure. Omega-3 fatty acids may provide a means to alter cellular immune responses to the benefit of the patient. When omega-3 fatty acids are incorporated into membranes of inflammatory cells, they trigger intracellular signalling pathways that result in a less pro-inflammatory response. They modify gene and protein expression, modulate membrane protein activity and act as a reservoir for bioactive molecules. They also have a strong anti-inflammatory effect by mediating resolution of the inflammation. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids improve erythrocyte function, which is vital for an adequate microcirculation, tissue oxygenation and wound healing. The investigators hypothesize that the perioperative administration of intravenous omega-3 fatty acids results in a rapid incorporation in immune cells and erythrocytes, thereby reducing the postoperative inflammatory response and improving erythrocyte function in patients undergoing colorectal surgery.
Sponsor: Medical Center Alkmaar
Study type: Interventional
October 2014 - July 2016
This is a Phase I study to test the safety, pharmacokinetics and effectiveness of STM 434 alone, or in combination with liposomal doxorubicin, in patients with ovarian cancer or other advanced solid tumors.
Sponsor: Santa Maria Biotherapeutics
Study type: Interventional
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