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In our third annual collaboration, the ISC will publish articles written by UC undergrads about the science behind clinical trials taking place in the Midwest
Clinical trials often fail simply because they weren’t able to enroll enough patient volunteers. This is why nine medical and research institutions across the Midwest came together to form The New Normal, a clinical trial database that makes it easier for people to learn about clinical trials in their area that they may be eligible for. The organizers hope that if more people participate in clinical trials, more trials will finish, leading to the approval of more life-saving therapies.
All clinical trials are run by a principal investigator (PI), who is a professor at a university or a doctor at a hospital. Last fall, undergraduates from the University of Chicago were matched with PIs from their institution to write about the science behind their clinical trials. Over the next few months, the Illinois Science Council will publish 12 articles borne out of this collaboration. Topics will range from the effort to build a mobile app that helps improve asthma treatment to a study examining the use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness. Each article provides background on a specific clinical trial featured in The New Normal that you might be eligible for if you meet the right criteria.
This is the third annual collaboration between the Illinois Science Council’s Science Unsealed and the University of Chicago. Last year, we published content written by 10 science writing students at the University:
- You Can Save a Life: Military Tourniquets Come Home
- Is it My Turn Yet? How You Can End the Transplant Wait
- A Fishy Solution: Zebrafish Help Us Understand Neurological Disorders
- Can Plants Learn? Here’s Some Evidence
- Machines Can Read Your Mind
- The Impossible Burger: Is it Really That Impossible?
- Why You’re Not Dead Yet – A Crash Course on Fighting the Flu
- Mini-Brains and Soufflés? More Alike Than You Think
- Frog Toxins + Community = New Strategy to Curb Rampant Opioid Epidemic?
- Control Diabetes Before It Controls You: How Group Visits Improve Care
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