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Clinical Research Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. What is a clinical trial?

The World Health Organization defines a clinical trial as any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. Clinical trials are considered the most robust source of evidence to advance knowledge.

The World Health Organization Registry Network houses publicly available registry databases of clinical trials of human subjects conducted around the world. The process of prospective trials registration facilitates research transparency and helps to reduce publication bias.  In North America, most clinical trials are registered on ClinicalTrials.gov

2. Who is eligible for support from the SickKids Clinical Trial Unit?

The Principal Investigator must have an academic appointment at an Ontario University.  

3. What types of trials are eligible for support?

In alignment with the SPOR initiative, projects should bring together some or all of the following groups- patients, clinicians, policy makers, health system administrators, knowledge users and industry decision makers.  Trials should be innovative, measurable, patient-oriented, appropriate, collaborative and transformative.

4. What is the process to get support?

Complete the intake form and/or contact the CTU coordinator Donna Wilkes with your initial questions.  Once contacted, a meeting will be set up with the appropriate CTU staff.

5. What are the costs?

Initial queries and consultation are free.  CTU services will be included in budgets submitted to funding agencies.  For industry-sponsored studies, standard costs apply as per SK Grants Management Office.  For further information contact the CTU coordinator Donna Wilkes.