Clinical Trials Overview
Today, NorthShore University HealthSystem conducts approximately 1000 clinical trials of various types. The research focuses on a range of conditions, including cancer, neurologic disorders and stroke, cardiovascular disorders, and a wide range of pediatric and gynecologic conditions. Additionally, NorthShore University HealthSystem houses major clinical trial programs in advanced imaging and medical genetics.
Safety in Clinical Trials
Federal law stipulates that all institutions which conduct or support biomedical research involving human subjects shall have an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Hence, every clinical trial in the U.S. must be approved and periodically reviewed by an IRB. An IRB is an independent committee of physicians, community advocates, and others whose objective is to ensure that every clinical trial is ethical and the rights of study participants are protected.
NorthShore University HealthSystem has two IRBs that review all research involving human subjects. In the combined membership, two are community members and non-affiliated, and there are three non-scientists. It should be noted that members serve voluntarily and without compensation, promoting the purpose of objectivity in their decision-making.
Clinical Trial Resources
Clinicaltrials.gov is a federally-managed database of clinical trials available in the United States. Trials can be searched by keyword, condition, illness, geography, etc.
A private database used by industry sponsors, investigators and patients to identify clinical trials and information about participating in clinical trials: CenterWatch