Conference on human research trials to be held in Cleveland
Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 9:00 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Human research trials can be a sensitive subject, but it's often how medical progress is made -- and sometimes the only way for patients to avail themselves of cutting-edge treatments.

A daylong conference on the topic will draw 400 medical professionals to Cleveland on Thursday to discuss the finer points of working in the human-subject research arena.

Cleveland's wealth of large healthcare institutions means that at any given time hundreds of medical research trials involving human subjects are being done here, says Philip Cola, vice president of research and technology at University Hospitals-Case Medical Center.

UH-Case is co-sponsoring the conference with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protections. Cola worked to help bring the regional conference to Cleveland for the first time.