Makati Med­i­cal Cen­ter spear­heads clin­i­cal stud­ies

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THE FIELD of medicine is con­stantly chang­ing and evolv­ing with new tech­nolo­gies, prac­tices and in­no­va­tions to pro­vide bet­ter pa­tient di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and care. For med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, ev­ery day is a new learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence — an op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance their skills and gain new knowl­edge on their re­spec­tive spe­cial­ties.

True to its mis­sion to pro­vide pa­tients a pre­mier health care ex­pe­ri­ence, Makati Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a top hos­pi­tal in the Philip­pines, is con­tin­u­ously work­ing to dis­cover new ways to de­liver med­i­cal in­no­va­tions in the in­dus­try.

Re­cently, Maka­tiMed started ac­cept­ing pa­tients and in­di­vid­u­als will­ing to un­dergo clin­i­cal tri­als, as well as doc­tors and prac­ti­tion­ers in­ter­ested to join the stud­ies. Clin­i­cal tri­als are stud­ies or ex­per­i­ments on hu­mans aimed to eval­u­ate health-re­lated in­ter­ven­tions.

Peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in these stud­ies are not paid and the de­ci­sion to take part in the stud­ies should be based on their own in­formed per­sonal choice. Clin­i­cal trial vol­un­teers play an in­te­gral role in the process as the hu­man trial is con­sid­ered the most crit­i­cal and im­por­tant step in the dis­cov­ery of new medicines and treat­ments.

Maka­tiMed’s Clin­i­cal Re­search Cen­ter (CRC), a unit un­der the hos­pi­tal’s Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search Di­vi­sion (MERD), man­ages var­i­ous clin­i­cal tri­als that may change the lives of the cur­rent par­tic­i­pants and help other pa­tients on a greater scale in the fu­ture.

Some on­go­ing clin­i­cal tri­als in on­col­ogy in­clude stud­ies on new ther­a­pies for var­i­ous types of can­cer such as lung, breast, thy­roid and liver can­cer. The Cen­ter hopes to en­cour­age more fel­lows as well as at­tract new doc­tors and re­searchers to con­duct new stud­ies and dis­cover treat­ments for var­i­ous dis­eases in the com­ing years.

Clin­i­cal tri­als be­ing car­ried out by Maka­tiMed are all sub­ject to crit­i­cal re­view and the ap­proval of the Maka­tiMed In­sti­tu­tional Re­view Board (IRB), an in­de­pen­dent ethics com­mit­tee un­der the Of­fice of the Med­i­cal Direc­tor which con­ducts tech­ni­cal and eth­i­cal re­views of re­search stud­ies in­volv­ing hu­man sub­jects. The Maka­tiMed IRB en­sures the pro­tec­tion of the rights, safety and well-be­ing of hu­man par­tic­i­pants.

IRB Chair­man Saturnino P. Javier, MD, says that clin­i­cal tri­als are the heart of all ad­vances and break­throughs in the health care in­dus­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Maka­tiMed On-Call at (+632) 8888-999, e-mail mmc@maka­timed.net.ph, or visit

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