Finding a Barrett’s Esophagus Research Study
Several of you have mentioned participating in Barrett’s research studies, such as clinical trials of new treatments (cryo, RFA, etc). There are several different ways to find clinical research studies to participate in.
If your gastroenterologist works at a university academic medical center, this is a good place to start to find studies. He/she may have suggestions for participating in trials of new therapies in your area. You can also check the websites of nearby academic medical centers for available research studies.
In the US, one of the best sources of information is www.clinicaltrials.gov. Many clinical trials in the US get registered with this site and they have an straightforward search function for locating studies. From the main page, select ‘search for clinical trials’. In the search box, then enter the words you’re interested in. For example, entering ‘Barrett’s esophagus’ produces a list of 60 studies, 34 of which are recruiting. With more specific terms, such as ‘cryotherapy AND Barrett’s', 6 studies are listed with 3 active or recruiting. There is also a ‘refine search’ page, where you can enter more specific details, such as searching only a specific state for available studies. You can click on individual studies to read more about them and the contact information for the researchers is listed.
Internationally, there are other clinical trials registries, sponsored by the WHO and individual countries. I’m not as familiar with these, but here’s a list of a few:
International clinical trials registry: www.ISRCTN.org
Australia and New Zealand: www.anzctr.org.au
The Netherlands: www.trialregister.nl
- posted by Kerry Dunbar, MD