Clinical trials | Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation’s Epilepsy Therapy Project works to promote the discovery of new treatments for epilepsy and to bring those treatments to the patient faster. One of the fundamental elements to achieve this is clinical research.
- The core of all medical knowledge comes from clinical trials. These are studies of possible new treatments or drugs and are a type of clinical research.
- Clinical trials are designed to find answers to specific health questions. They often review new drugs or medications, new drug combinations, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments
- Clinical research can also look at other aspects of care, such as preventing disease, screening and diagnosing health problems, and improving the quality of life for people with chronic conditions.
Before a new approach can be tested in humans, it must already have shown some benefit in laboratory tests, animal experiments or tests with a small group of volunteers. Clinical trials in larger groups of people are then done to see if a new treatment works and is safe. In fact, new drugs cannot be sold in the United States until they have gone through clinical trials. Therapies that prove effective during this research could then be approved for widespread use in humans.