What are clinical trials and why are they important?
Clinical trials involve testing new therapies with patients. They are a critical step toward bringing new medicines, effective vaccines, and innovative medical devices safely to market. They can result in better medical treatments, better quality of life, cost savings to Canada’s health system, new jobs, and revenue for the Canadian economy. Most importantly, clinical trials have the potential to relieve pain and suffering, and to reverse or halt the effects of disease or disability for Canadian patients.
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners (patients and caregivers, researchers, health practitioners, policy makers, provincial/territorial health authorities, academic institutions, charities, and private sector) dedicated to the integration of research into care.
The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.
Innovative Medicines Canada (formerly known as Rx&D) is the association of leading research-based pharmaceutical companies dedicated to improving the health of all Canadians through the discovery, development, and delivery of new medicines and vaccines.
As the national voice of research-based pharmaceutical companies, Innovative Medicines Canada advocates for policies that enable the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines and vaccines that will improve the lives of all Canadians. They support their members' commitment to being value partners in the Canadian healthcare system.
HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations in Canada. They foster informed and continuous, results oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. They act with others to enhance the health of all Canadians; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.