Below are answers to frequently asked questions about clinical research and clinical trials at UMMC.
The word “research” has many different meanings. Researchers study a wide range of topics, and each research study is different. Some studies involve medical procedures or treatments while others may involve a survey. As a UMMC Research Partner, we may ask you to complete a task, take an experimental medication, or provide information that may lead to new medical discoveries.
There are a wide variety of research studies conducted at UMMC:
Each clinical trial has its own benefits and risks which will be explained thoroughly by the study team.
You may benefit from joining a clinical study in one of the following ways:
Some possible risks include:
UMMC’s clinical research programs require both healthy and patient volunteers.
Healthy volunteers play an important role in research because they help define “normal” ranges. While they may receive no direct benefit, healthy volunteers may choose to participate in clinical research because they want to help others and contribute to advancing science.
People with a health condition or disease may take part in a research study to gain access to a new therapy; take a more active role in their health; or contribute to better understanding, diagnosing, or treating that disease or condition. While some patient volunteers may receive a direct benefit from participating, the overall goal of the clinical trial may be to understand the risks and benefits of a treatment and to scientifically prove whether it is effective.
Researchers use a list of rules called "eligibility criteria" to decide who is eligible to be in the study. These criteria ensure it is safe for you to participate. They also ensure the study results are due to the treatment being studied and not other factors or chance.
“Inclusion criteria” are factors that allow someone to be included in the study. “Exclusion criteria” are factors that disqualify someone from being in a study. These factors can include:
All trials are different. The clinical trial sponsor may pay for the new treatment, extra tests, and extra doctor visits as needed for the trial. Funding for clinical trials can come from various sources, including:
UMMC clinical trials and research studies take place at various UMMC locations across the state, with the majority of trials occurring at the main campus in Jackson.
All participants in clinical trials are volunteers and have the right to withdraw from a study at any time. You can withdraw, or decide to not participate at all, without affecting your access to health care at UMMC.