Peninsula Heart Centre, Drs. Szto and van den Brink are actively involved in the latest clinical research studies and trials into improving our treatment of heart disease. In a clinical trial, patients are invited to participate to determine whether a new treatment is better than either placebo or standard treatment. Some of these studies involve new medications or therapies that are not available to the public. These trials are usually supervised by a nationally-coordinated ethics committee, and are usually part of international multi-centre studies. To participate in any of the studies that we are conducting, please contact research nurse and coordinator Vikki O’Shea on (03) 9789 0088.
About Clinical Research Clinical research is different from basic research. Whereas basic research tends to involve benchtop, test-tube or non-human, animal research, clinical research involves testing on humans. Clinical research is the culmination of basic research, which may show promise in treating human diseases. Once basic research into a drug or device shows promise and appears to be safe, it will move into the clinical research phase. The typical setup for a clinical research trial involves comparing an active treatment (drug, device or therapy) to placebo (dummy pill). A double-blind clinical research study means that neither the researcher nor the trial subject knows what he or she is taking. This is the common practice in the vast majority of clinical trials.