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Clinical trials are extremely important because they allow us to make real-time differences in medicine. New treatment therapies, drugs and care-delivery protocols are all present today because of clinical trials. They provide not only hope for our patients, but a possibility for better outcomes and more scientific breakthroughs in the future. The videos below highlight some of the clinical studies that have been conducted at Emory.


Clinical studies are a huge part of the Emory mission. Our researchers lead or participate in clinical trials in hopes of benefiting our patients and transforming the overall health care landscape.

Watch this video of Samuel, a young boy diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome. His family talks about the impact Samuel's diagnosis of Fragile X has had on their lives. Today, Samuel receives treatment and support at the Emory Fragile X Clinic, where he is also participating in a clinical trial.

Why are clinical trials important? This video features a general description of clinical trials at Emory, a description of cancer-related clinical trials at Winship Cancer Institute and an overview of the vast array of clinical trials made available through the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a clinical research network made possible through partnership between Emory University, Morehouse College and Georgia Tech University.

Patients at Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center are participating in a ground-breaking clinical study that uses patients’ own stem cells to treat arthritic joint pain.

Post kidney-transplant patients in the Emory Transplant Center are positively benefiting from a new FDA-approved transplant drug, Nulojix® (Belatacept). Emory surgeons and scientists were heavily involved in the development of Belatacept, using volunteers via clinical trials to measure the drug's ability to prevent graft rejection post-transplant.

Being a part of an academic medical center means the researchers and physicians at Emory Healthcare are pioneering groundbreaking research that leads to new and often life-saving treatments. Emory is proud to be involved in more than 1,000 clinical trials -- not for the prestige or glory, but for our patients – to provide medical advancements that make a difference, here and now.

In this video, Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Executive Director for Winship at Emory, talks about the importance of participation in clinical trials. Enrollment in a clinical trial takes courage, strength and a lot of trust. Recently, the physicians, researchers, nurses and other staff at Winship at Emory came together to honor and thank more than 150 patients and caregivers for their participation in clinical studies at Emory.

Dr. Donald Harvey, Director of Phase I Clinical Trials Clinic at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, explains why clinical trials are so vital to the cancer treatment process and what patients should consider before enrolling.

Dr. Fadlo Khuri, Winship at Emory's deputy director, shares a story about a former patient who enrolled in a clinical trial almost a decade ago and recently celebrated a major life event.

This story from CNN Accent Health features Winship at Emory patient, Holly Johnston, a patient in the Phase I Clinical Trials Unit at Winship. Also featured is Dr. Donald Harvey, director of the Phase I clinical trials program, who provides an overview of clinical trials and outlines who is eligible to participate.