The overarching goal of medical research isn’t just discovery, it’s improved health and longer lives for everyone. To bring laboratory findings to the marketplace as medications, certain steps must be followed and many hurdles overcome to ensure the safety and effectiveness of those drugs.

Patient studies, also referred to as clinical trials, allow physicians and scientists to observe the effects of new compounds in a controlled setting before they reach pharmacy shelves. OMRF’s research clinic supports “translational” research by linking basic research, like that done in the laboratory, to clinical trials in patients.

Input from the laboratory helps clinicians understand how the medicines work and how to use them with optimal safety and effectiveness. Conversely, patient studies may shed important light on the fundamental problems that cause disease in the first place. With the help of applied laboratory science linked directly to clinical trials, this information may also lead to improved medicines in the future.