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.

An image showing current and pending clinical trials in Ontario

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