Clinical trials are research investigations in which people volunteer to try new treatments, interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions (1). Clinical trials are considered to be part of best practice medicine and are one of many options for treatment of a disease or illness (2).
The Macquarie Clinical Trials Program at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University was set up in January 2013 to provide patients with opportunities to participate in the latest medical advances in cancer treatment. The Program draws on Macquarie University research centres and works closely with industry sponsors to deliver timely access to cutting-edge therapies and investigations into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Professor Howard Gurney, Director of Medical Oncology and Clinical Trials coordinates the clinical trials undertaken at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.
Clinical Trials will be undertaken for a wide range of conditions including cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological conditions. We will investigate the use of new drug therapies and medical devices as well as finding out better ways to use treatments that are already approved.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial it is important that you have an in-depth discussion with your GP or specialist. For more information including the types of questions to ask, please go to: Consumer Guide to Clinical Trials Fact Sheet