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What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a planned experiment designed to assess the efficacy of a treatment in humans by comparing the outcomes in a group of patients treated with the test treatment with those observed in a comparable group of patients receiving a control treatment, where patients in both groups are enrolled, treated, and followed during the same time period.

What is the Clinical Trials Office?

Established in 1992, the Clinical Trials Office is the main administrative arm of clinical research for the Columbia University Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Since its inception, the CTO has negotiated over 1,600 contracts representing over 500 sponsors.

Our mission is to:
  • provide patient access to clinical trials
  • support investigators in every aspect of protocol development, contract execution, and trial maintenance
  • serve as the contact point for industrial sponsors to access sufficient numbers of patients in an efficient manner
What is the value of a clinical trials office?

The Clinical Trials Office is the center for coordinating every aspect of clinical research, from contract negotiations to budget solutions, from protocol development to protocol maintenance. As such, this office provides the necessary tools for conducting innovative and safe clinical testing in compliance with required financial and regulatory guidelines.

The Clinical Trials Office ensures that our trials are in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration's required qualifications. More information about FDA required commitments can be found at the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Web site.

How does our Clinical Trials Office meet these required qualifications?

  Protocol Development & Support Team
  Contracts Department
  Strategic Planning & Finance Department
  Aggressive Recruiting Techniques
  Research Pharmacy
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