General information on clinical studies

What are clinical studies?
In clinical studies, the influence of a new medical treatment upon people is researched in a controlled environment. In addition to new therapies, new diagnostic measures can also be clinically tested (treatment vs. diagnostic study).

The clinical testing of medicines is a frequent form of clinical study (so-called AMG studies). If a promising active substance has been discovered or developed by fundamental research, it is first tested intensively in the laboratory (pre-clinical phase). If the results from this are also positive and official approval is given, clinical testing begins.

Other clinical studies can include the testing of medications or of other new (e.g. surgical) possibilities for medical treatment and diagnosis. Epidemiologically and pathophysiologically oriented studies (e.g. genetic), are carried out with the aim of constantly extending our understanding of diseases.

Why are clinical studies necessary?
Clinical studies are the preliminary stage before the introduction of new treatments and are thus necessary for the approval of new therapies. Study patients are offered a therapy which is based on the latest research and is regularly checked by doctors and scientists. 

The advantage for the study patient consists of access to new means of prevention, treatment or diagnosis. Furthermore, there is closely attentive medical care from specialist investigating doctors within a framework of comprehensive explanation and intensive care from the entire study team. Finally, with his participation the patient is contributing to medical progress, from which future patients will also benefit.

How can I take part in a study?
If you are interested in participation in a clinical study, a doctor will provide you with precise information about the purpose and course of the study. Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any time.

In the course of the study, you will be invited to many so-called visits. These are appointments at which the doctor examines you. It is here observed how the new therapy is working and whether it is well tolerated and/or whether the new diagnostic measure can provide the expected results.

What studies are currently running at the NCRC Central Campus?
You can here find more information on the current studies at NCRC.