Creating the Future of Medicine through Research
Mayo Clinic Health System professionals team up with Mayo Clinic scientists and research centers across the country to evaluate new treatments and make cutting-edge technologies available to patients we serve. Thousands of patients have participated in our research studies over the years, helping to advance the science of health care while remaining close to home.
What is clinical research?
Clinical research involves patient-focused studies that can lead to better ways to detect, prevent, control and treat diseases and other health conditions. These studies may lead to new discoveries that can improve the quality of our lives and the lives of future generations.
What kind of research is happening?
Numerous approved research studies are available for eligible patients in a variety of clinical areas, including:
- Breast cancer
Many clinical trials are accessible in the Center for Breast Care for the treatment and recovery of breast cancer patients.
Clinical trials are available in our Cancer Center for many types of cancers and for minimizing the symptoms caused by cancer treatment. Physicians and other staff help patients decide what the best treatment options are for their condition, which may include the opportunity to participate on a clinical trial.
- Digestive tract
Clinical trials are offered for difficult-to-treat digestive conditions, such as Crohn's disease, as well as develop early detection of pancreatic disease.
- Heart disease
Several clinical trials and observational studies are available for qualifying patients. Through these trials, we are assessing cutting-edge treatment options for our patients to advance the management of heart disease.
Why are there clinical trials?
Clinical trials enable our experts to:
- Compare existing treatments to determine which is best.
- Study different ways to use standard, or approved, treatments, so they are more effective, easier to use or decrease side effects.
- See if a new drug or device is safe and effective for people to use.
How is the safety of study participants protected?
All research activity conducted is reviewed by an institutional review board, or IRB. This group, which includes scientists and community members, meets regularly to approve new studies and ensure safeguards are in place to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. The IRB review process is guided by federal rules and regulations, and is based on the Protection of Human Subject Code of Federal Regulations and the Belmont Report.
Does insurance cover any costs of participating in research?
Insurance coverage for clinical trials varies by individual policy and depends on the nature of the study. Participants must review their own policy benefits and contact their insurance company for specific limitations, if any. If the participant's insurance is Medicare, get more information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.
How can someone get more information about Mayo Clinic research?
Get more information on clinical trials and other research opportunities on the Mayo Clinic Research webpage.