Yes, my “unemployed” pancreas and I are headed back to the University of Virginia in 2012 to participate in the Artificial Pancreas human clinical trials supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since we’re both sitting around and not working today, it seems like we ought to get active again and donate our parts to science.
Soon I will go to Charlottesville for my health screening and prepare for my hospital admittance. I will let you know when I go back in. I will be in the hospital for about 24 hours — two or three separate overnight visits. I am really excited about participating in Phase III of the landmark trial. We can’t get an artificial pancreas or the technology to market without some human guinea pigs. That’s me. Oink, Oink.
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What is a clinical trial?
Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. ClinicalTrials.gov includes both interventional and observational types of studies. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.
Why participate in a clinical trial?
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.