Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study that follows a specific set of rules (protocols). This research includes using newer, promising treatments and the best methods currently available. Clinical trials help find ways to prevent, screen or treat specific diseases. They also find new ways to help people feel better during and after treatment.

How do clinical trials help?

Taking part in a clinical trial may help you and may also help improve treatment for patients in the future. Being part of a clinical trial may give you early access to new drugs and treatments. When people participate in a clinical trial, it may help us find new treatment methods sooner.

What is it like to be on a clinical trial?

You will be given detailed information about the clinical trial to help you decide if you want to be a part of the trial. A member of the health care team will explain why the trial is being done and what to expect. You and your family will have the opportunity to discuss your needs and have your questions answered. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to sign a consent form. A variety of medicines and biological chemicals have been tried or are being studied as therapy for MS. The Ohio State University has been the site of multiple clinical trials for multiple sclerosis. Our research department is on the cutting edge of current therapies and offers one of the few 7-Tesla MRI scanners for use in scientific studies. Several medicines are being tested in clinical trials. People with MS who have not responded to standard therapy sometimes choose to take part in these trials. To learn more about clinical trials, talk to your doctor or contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.