In addition to basic research, scientists at the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) also are engaged in clinical research. Clinical research builds on the knowledge learned through applied and basic research and it plays a role in developing treatments that directly improve patient care. It directly involves a particular person or a group of people; it also can involve the use of materials from people, such as tissue samples.
A clinical trial is a specific type of clinical research. Clinical trials follow pre-defined plans or protocols. People who take part in clinical trials gain in three ways: they are able to play a more active role in their own care; they have access to new treatments; and they are helping future patients by contributing to medical research.