It's so true for us too, you can have animal trials for spinal cord injury, but if they don't try on humans, there will be no cure for us.

Hope for patients starts with the clinical trial
By Barbara Williams The Record (Hackensack N.J.)
First Posted: March 01, 2011 - 8:02 am
Last Updated: March 01, 2011 - 8:02 am

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Is there a drug that can melt plaque off the walls of clogged arteries? Prolong the life of women with triple negative breast cancer? How about a way to zap a tumor that is typically resistant to treatment?
These and other possible medical breakthroughs are among more than 500 clinical trials under way in hospitals in northern New Jersey alone.

The studies bring prestige and first-string specialists to hospitals, but more importantly, doctors say, they offer hope to patients.

"As an oncologist, if you have to walk into a room and tell a patient, 'I'm sorry, there's nothing more we can do,' or have the chance to say, 'We have another drug you can try,' you certainly want to give them that option," said Dr. Andrew Pecora, vice president of cancer services at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack, N.J. "With clinical trials, you're offering tomorrow's medicine today."

Northern New Jersey hospitals, rich in diverse populations and top-shelf medical care, are prime for such trials. Most of the current studies focus on cancer, but dozens also involve cardiac disease. A handful target such illnesses as epilepsy, sickle cell, Alzheimer's, lupus and sexual arousal disorder in women.

"An institution like ours, with socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and genetic diversity gives us the ability to study the broadest aspect of a disease and its treatment," said Dr. Jai Parekh, an ophthalmologist and head of research for the Research Institute of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. "A lot of strides have been made because of clinical trials and it gives our patients the ability to get the best treatment out there."