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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 8/31/2014
August 2014 -
The primary objective of this open-label phase Ib trial is to determine the maximum tolerated dose and the recommended phase II dose for the combination of PF-03446962 plus regorafenib in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. The secondary objectives are to describe the safety and tolerablility, and to describe the clinical activity of PF-03446962 plus regorafenib in terms of response rate and progression free survival
Sponsor: Duke University
Study type: Interventional
August 2014 - June 2015
The proposed study will test the efficacy of a cognitive training program to improve working memory in a sample of HIV-infected persons. Investigators will assign 40 HIV-infected adults with poor medication adherence to one of two conditions (20/group): the experimental cognitive training intervention or a control training condition. Participants will complete 12 training sessions across 10 weeks and will complete assessments at baseline and post-training. The specific aims are to: 1. Investigate the effects of the cognitive training intervention on working memory and delay discounting in HIV-infected persons. Hypothesis 1: Participants assigned to active cognitive training, compared to those in the attention-matched control group, will have greater improvements in working memory and reductions in delay discounting. 2. Characterize adherence to antiretroviral medications in this population and examine medication adherence after cognitive training. Hypothesis 2: Participants assigned to active cognitive training, compared to those in the attention-matched control group, will have greater improvements in medication adherence.
Sponsor: Duke University
Study type: Interventional
August 2014 -
The proposed study, IFACT - Incidental Findings in Advanced Cancer Therapy, will address this research gap by examining MSK patients' attitudes, preferences, and information needs regarding incidental findings arising from tumor genomic profiling.
Sponsor: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Study type: Observational
August 2014 -
The purpose of this study is to evaluate acute local toxicity of IORT at the dose of 20 Gy for the replacement of boost-external beam radiotherapy in Korean women who are candidates for breast-conserving treatment.
Sponsor: Gangnam Severance Hospital
Study type: Interventional
August 2014 - March 2018
The OctavaColon tests are qualitative plasma tests that are indicated to people above 18 years of age suspected with colon abnormality. The blood tests will provide additional information to the doctor in the course of colon cancer diagnosis for both normal population and high risk population
Sponsor: Eventus Diagnostics Ltd
Study type: Observational
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