Central to clinical research is the clinical trial, a research study that tests how new medications, detection or diagnostic tools, or devices work in humans. When you participate in a clinical trial, you may:
- Gain access to potential new treatments for a disease or condition
- Take advantage of a cutting-edge health care choice
- Advance medical knowledge
- Help others who may develop or have a similar disease or condition
Various clinical trials are currently taking place within Main Line Health through the Center for Clinical Cardiology, the Center for Clinical Cancer Research, and LIMR’s Clinical Research Center.
A main focus of LIMR’s clinical research activity is translational medicine, which is the facilitation of moving significant laboratory findings into clinical applications. The LIMR centers for Clinical Cardiology, Clinical Cancer Research, and Clinical Research promote the integration of clinical and laboratory programs across Main Line Health. This ‘bench to bedside’ approach incorporates the two primary pillars of LIMR’s biomedical research with two Main Line Health clinical specialties, cardiovascular disease and cancer. These research initiatives are further enhanced by public health research strategies and clinical research support services.