Many of the drug therapies and advanced technologies available to us today would not be possible without research conducted at healthcare organizations like Renown. New treatments for cancer, stroke and a myriad of other conditions have been approved for our use because of clinical trial research at leading hospitals.
More than 100 studies are now in progress at Renown. A large percentage of our studies are related to the treatment of cancer. We are also doing important work in the neurosciences, including treatment of stroke, as well as cardiology, pediatrics, nursing and much more.
Clinical Trial Participation
This creates opportunities for members of our community to participate as research subjects. Although every study is not right for every volunteer and studies have specific eligibility requirements, those who participate have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping others by contributing to medical research and, in some cases, receive additional benefits, including access to treatments before they become available to the general public. Many protections are in place to ensure the safety of clinical trial participants. To find out if participation in a clinical trial may be right for you visit Becoming a Research Volunteer.
An Institutional Review Board
IRB is an autonomous review board at an institution. This board follows the federal "Common Rule: Research Involving Human Subjects", when evaluationg behavioral and biomedical (clinical) research. Established to protect the rights and welfare of people participating as research volunteers, it has the authority to approve, require modifications or disapprove research in accordance with federal regulations that have been established to govern clinical trials and with the policies that have been established at the institution where the research is conducted.
The Renown Regional Medical Center IRB has the role of overseeing all studies conducted in the Renown Health System which includes Renown South Meadows Medical Center, our Rehabilitation Hospital or any other entity in the system.
The Institutional Review Board at Renown Regional Medical Center has both a Federal Wide Assurance and an IRB registration from the Office for Human Resource Protections, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. And, of course, all studies monitored by the Renown Regional Medical Center IRB are subject to federal regulations. For more information on the regulations that protect human research subjects, visit Becoming a Research Volunteer.