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Last Modified: May 19, 2023

Diseases & Disorders, People of Parkview

Clinical trials

May 20 is International Clinical Trials Day, which celebrates the contributions researchers have made to public health and medical progress. To mark the observance, we invited Andrea Maisonneuve, RPh, MBA, ACRP-CP, director of clinical research, Parkview Research Center (PRC), to provide more information about the health system’s commitment to clinical research.

Why is Clinical Trials Day on May 20?

The date is celebrated around the world in recognition of what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial, which James Lind began aboard a ship on May 20, 1747.

What is a clinical trial?

According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Through these trials, doctors find new ways to improve treatments and the quality of life for people living with diseases.  

Why do clinical trials matter?

These trials offer hope to patients who have exhausted all other treatment options for many conditions that remain incurable. The result is not only better treatment for our patients, but also a chance to participate in something that might improve lives for others in the future.

How has Parkview contributed to medical research in our community?

In the first 25 years of its operation, Parkview Research Center, in conjunction with physician partners, has completed more than 800 clinical studies that have enhanced healthcare for the community.

How many clinical studies is the Parkview Research Center currently involved in?

We currently have approximately 130 open trials, but this number is constantly changing.

How do clinical studies impact the medical field?

During clinical trials, patients have access to investigational drugs and devices, while physicians can contribute to groundbreaking research.

How long does it take for a drug to go from research to market?

On average, it can take 12 years for a drug to go from research to market. 

How much does it cost to bring a medication to market?

According to Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, the cost to bring a single drug to market is between $1 billion and $11 billion. A drug patent lasts for 20 years, but it will take on average 12 of those 20 years to bring a drug to market, leaving only eight years for a pharmaceutical company to recoup its investment.

What areas of clinical research does the Parkview Research Center specialize in?

We offer clinical research in the areas of:

  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology

How does someone sign up for a clinical study?

To qualify for a study, participants must meet certain criteria. Inclusion criteria determine who is eligible to participate in a clinical study, while exclusion criteria establish the factors that disqualify them. Each study has different criteria and is determined by the subject matter.

Learn more about the clinical research team, process and opportunities by visiting The Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation online.  

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