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Clinical trials, also known as clinical research studies, are used to test new techniques and treatments in people with various medical conditions. Often the fastest and safest way to find new treatments, clinical trials help show whether a new treatment method or drug is better, safer or more effective than existing treatments.

At University Hospitals Urology Institute, research is conducted according to strict scientific and ethical principles to protect patients and to produce sound, reproducible results. However, this process does not guarantee whether a new approach will be better than existing types of treatment.

Benefits of Clinical Trials

There are many reasons to consider joining a clinical trial. Some patients believe participation offers the best hope for treating their particular condition, while others want to participate as a means to improve the care of patients in the future or to advance science.

Typically, volunteers in clinical trials have the opportunities to:

  • Take an active role in their own health care
  • Gain access to new treatments
  • Obtain expert medical care at convenient locations
  • Help others by contributing to medical research


Ongoing Clinical Trials

There are currently more than 1 dozen ongoing clinical trials including randomized clinical trials, prospective observational trials, and retrospective reviews within the Department of Urology. Many of these studies are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health or pharmaceutical companies, including multiple FDA-approved trials. These studies are all being conducted as collaborative projects with numerous departments including Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, and the Seidman Cancer Center. Therapeutic areas include: bladder cancer, chronic pelvic pain, overactive bladder, prostate cancer, urinary incontinence, and recurrent urinary tract infections.