Demystifying Medicine Video

An interview with Dr. Gerald Cox

Dr. Gerald Cox, a professor of medicine in the Division of Respirology at McMaster University, conducts research into the basic mechanisms that control inflammation during respiratory diseases, and is head of acute clinical services at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

  • What is a clinical trial? Testing new products for treatment of IPF.
  • How is a clinical trial run? Tests effect of active treatment on outcomes.
  • What drugs are being tested during a clinical trial? Drugs that interfere with the formation of fibrosis or scar tissue.
  • Why should I participate in a clinical trial? Find out what works by doing trials. More intensive supervision and access to care.

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