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Clinical Trials at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

The Methodist Hospital Research Institute is dedicated to research and is deeply committed to finding new ways to prevent and treat illness and improve the health of patients who come to The Methodist Hospital for healthcare. Our goal is to make a clinical trial available to every patient who needs and wants to participate in one. TMHRI monitors over 700 clinical trials and while not all of them are actively enrolling patients, many are, with new ones being opened every month.

For more information please contact the clinical trials office: 713-441-3250.

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What is clinical research?

Clinical research is the way doctors and scientists learn about new ways to prevent and treat illness in people. Clinical research is the fastest way to find answers to the many questions about health and disease. It is sometimes called "human research" or a "clinical trial."

At the Methodist Hospital, most research that needs human volunteers happens in the hospital and clinics. Other types of research studies take place in a doctor's office, a treatment center, a nursing home, or a community clinic. Some studies involve asking questions in an office, or even on the street or in a home.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a strictly controlled research study conducted on people. Each study is carefully designed to answer specific questions about a new treatment like a drug or a medical device to make sure it is safe and effective to use in people.

The details of the clinical trial, including all the tests and procedures used in the study, are outlined in a research plan, also called a protocol. The doctors, nurses, and scientists who run the clinical trial must follow the protocol and run the tests according to strict rules set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies. The rules ensure that people who participate in the clinical trial are treated as safely as possible.