American Thyroid Association’s Thyroid Clinical Trials Finder aims to be the most complete, up to date, and easiest to navigate compendium of clinical trials for clinicians and patients with thyroid diseases on the Internet. The ATA Trials finder is your one-stop site to search multiple information sources at the same time – including well-known public and private information sources and trials screened by experts from the American Thyroid Association
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the leading worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. ATA is an international individual membership organization with over 1,600 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of highly regarded monthly journals, THYROID, Clinical Thyroidology and Clinical Thyroidology for Patients; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs through www.thyroid.org; and the development of evidence based guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease.
A clinical trial is a scientific experiment that is done with people who volunteer to participate. Like any scientific experiment, the conditions of a clinical trial are carefully controlled and closely monitored. For example, study volunteers must fulfill enrollment criteria in order to be eligible for participation. The criteria are determined with consideration to the validity of the research results and the safety of the volunteers. In general, the purpose of clinical trials is to evaluate the safety, effectiveness or best dosage schedule of experimental drugs or medical devices in persons having a specific disease or health condition. New drugs have to be evaluated before they are given to the general population. The safest and most effective way to evaluate drugs is in the format of a clinical trial.