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Clinical Trials Can Change Lives


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Research opens the door for new possibilities in patient care. But long before a drug, medical device, treatment, or surgical procedure becomes widely available, it must first be proven safe and effective.

At UPMC, clinical trials are the bridge between research and the future of modern medicine.

As one of the nation’s top-ranked health care systems, UPMC annually directs or participates in hundreds of groundbreaking clinical trials in virtually every medical specialty. Some are offered only at UPMC, while others are part of national and even international trials. Each is carefully monitored and measured by expert UPMC physicians who are leaders in their fields.

Restorative Medicine Clinical Trials for Wounded Soldiers

A flash of light, the sound of an explosion … and a soldier’s life is forever changed. At the UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine, efforts are underway to improve the lives of wounded soldiers who have suffered traumatic, debilitating injuries.

The center offers an array of clinical trials that are on the forefront of regenerative medicine and technology, and allow patients access to the most advanced treatments for:

These trials are led by J. Peter Rubin, MD, director of UPMC’s Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine.  “We’re really pushing forward the boundaries of medicine and are able to help patients to explore and access the most promising potential treatments for severe, complex, or challenging injuries, especially when conventional options have been exhausted, “ explained Dr. Rubin.

Watch the video above to learn more about Sgt. Ron Strang’s journey to recovery after a roadside bomb in Afghanistan blew off part of his left thigh.

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Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine

At the UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine, our clinical trials can help people who have suffered severe and debilitating injuries restore body function and lead active lives. Our current clinical trials allow patients to access new regenerative medicine techniques and promising treatments for head and facial injuries, severe burns, amputated limb pain, and traumatic limb and muscle loss. Read More