Our Clinical Trials
"We dare to suggest we can transform the practice of medicine...because we've done it before...many times."
—John Wagner, MD, Director, University of Minnesota Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant program
Our physicians at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital are always questioning the status quo. What causes illness; how can we cure devastating diseases and minimize complications; and how do we ensure the highest quality of life? When "standard of care" is not good enough, clinical trials are one way to discover cures and transform the way we care for children with life-threatening diseases.
In a clinical trial, patients partner with doctors to answer specific scientific and medical questions and to identify better prevention, diagnosis or treatment of diseases. Patients cured today are the beneficiaries of patients who participated in past clinical trials.
By participating in clinical trials, patients play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
Our program offers a large number of clinical protocols, which provide leading-edge treatment options to our patients and allow for collection of clinical data necessary to prove the new treatment option is superior to the old. Patients and their families are informed about clinical trials at the very beginning of the treatment process. Participation in clinical trials is entirely optional.
We know that some patients and families like to learn about potential clinical trial options in advance of their arrival here, so we have provided two links below that will allow you to search for clinical trials that we have open at our center.
Masonic Cancer Center clinical trials - find clinical trials at the University of Minnesota searching by disease, doctor, drug, or type of treatment.
Clinicaltrials.gov - clinicaltrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
"One of the main things that brought us here [was] the research. We really loved the research options....It’s not research that makes your child a lab rat its research to really help the problem and make her better."