About Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a test that is designed to see whether a new medical treatment is safe and/or effective in humans. It is important to note that clinical trials are part of research and should not be considered a therapy, as improvement or benefit may not be part of the trial’s goals. There are four phases of human clinical trials, as illustrated below.

Currently, there are a number of stem cell clinical trials taking place in Ontario. The graphic below provides a general overview; more details are available here.  Please refer to your physician or specialist for eligibility and risks before opting to participate in any clinical trial.

Learn more about clinical trials:

International Society for Stem Cell Research

It Starts Wtih Me (curated by Network of Networks)

U.S. National Institutes of Health

EuroStemCell interactive comic, "Hope Beyond Hype"