FEATURE | Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Faces of research

Patients share their stories, thoughts on clinical research

Video: Clinical research shapes the future of medicine

CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC)

The CCRC offers investigators the support they need to conduct clinical research, including expert clinical staff and clinic space. Clinical research nurses are uniquely trained to carry out research protocols with an emphasis on patient safety and research quality. They support an average of 70 active protocols per year. The center is located in the Cypress Building (2221 Stockton Blvd, Suite D), adjacent to the UC Davis Medical Center. For more information, visit the CTSC Clinical Research Center website.

Clinical research studies are critical for improving patient care and the practice of medicine. These studies help determine whether a new treatment works well in people and which treatment strategies work best for certain illnesses or patient populations.

At UC Davis and other academic health centers nationwide, clinical research studies give patients the opportunity to receive investigational medicines or procedures that medical specialists think could improve the treatment of disease. For many patients, it is an important option for a broad array of conditions, from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer to sickle cell anemia.

In this video, UC Davis clinical research participants and their caregivers share their stories and thoughts on the importance of research:

  • Owen, 8, travels with his mother once a week from San Rafael, Calif., for a study investigating a new drug treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • Stephanie travels to UC Davis with her husband for a treatment study for early onset dementia.
  • Karen recently finished her participation in a three-year Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial.

Lolita, another Alzheimer’s disease clinical research participant, summed up the sentiments of many. “Research is important for us all,” she said.

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