Through the medical center’s Research Institute, patients and physicians have opportunities to participate in ground-breaking clinical studies in a number of disciplines, including cardiology, oncology and neurology.
Approximately 60 principal investigators, both laboratory and clinical researchers, work within the Research Institute and the Medical Center. Some of these scientists are engaged in clinical research and clinical trials, while others are engaged in research that will help them understand the function of certain human cells, genes, proteins and other fundamental structures of the human body.
The cardiac research program, led by Richard Shaw, PhD, Director of Cardiac Research for California Pacific Medical Center, plays an important role in the Medical Center’s efforts to discover the most effective new treatments and technologies. Dr. Shaw and a team of cardiology fellows and faculty typically conduct between 10 and 15 ongoing studies to test the validity of procedures that could advance the treatment and survival rate of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Industry-based clinical trials include studies on devices used to improve heart function in patients with end-stage heart disease, such as the use of left ventricular assist devices (VADS) for bridging patients to heart transplant and new coronary artery stents used in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, among many others.