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What are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that involve volunteers to answer specific health questions. Such studies are the final step in a long development process. Most of today’s treatments are the result of past clinical trials.

Promising new approaches to health issues (novel diagnostics, drugs, materials and techniques) are constantly being developed and tested to enhance our oral health. The ultimate proof of a new diagnostic test, material or treatment modality takes place in a clinical trial.

Once developed, new methods and materials need to be effectively evaluated in clinical trials. Clinical trials provide the comparative evidence of their true-life improvement over existing treatments. Clinical trials are key to good healthcare. Trials are done to answer specific scientific questions and to advance medical knowledge. Through clinical trials researchers can determine whether new treatments are safe, effective and potentially work better than current treatments. That is the way to measure improvement in therapy and how progress in healthcare is made. Only clinical trials deliver the evidence that supports our decision-making in contemporary practice of evidence-based oral health care.


Advanced Clinical Care and Research building

A new building, funded by FEMA, will house the school’s advanced clinical care and research that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The building is nearing completion and will accommodate a state-of-the-art Clinical Research Facility. The building and its clinical facilities are scheduled to be fully functional by March, 2018.


This has given a major impetus to jumpstart new initiatives in the Dental School focused on clinical and translational oral health research. Recently, several dental school faculty have started investigational clinical research studies under guidance of Dr. Tilly Peters, Clinical Professor and Clinical Research Consultant for the dental school. She brings her international expertise in leading clinical research trials, teams and education on 5 continents to the school. Serving as Co-Principal Investigator she currently mentors clinical faculty teams conducting clinical trials at LSUSD.


Some of the clinical research is sponsored by the NIH, others by Industry or Private Foundations. Clinical research studies and trials give the research experts new information about how to treat and prevent diseases. By offering clinical trials, LSUHSC School of Dentistry is able to provide optimal care and treatment choices for our patients and the community.


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