Ira Bernstein, MD, is a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician and obstetrician at the UVM Medical Center.

Clinical research studies examine people to better understand human disease. These research studies may be aimed at big groups of people when the studies examine the overall patterns of disease in human populations (epidemiology) or the impact of health care delivery on human health (health services research).

These studies may also be aimed at smaller groups of people, to better understand how specific diseases develop or which interventions – drugs or other therapies – may be useful in preventing or treating these diseases.  They are known as clinical trials, and they seek new ways to prevent, identify or treat illness.

As the region’s academic medical center, the UVM Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Vermont  College of Medicine, offers a broad range of clinical trials covering many diseases. These trials can provide the medical community with new discoveries in diagnosing and treating disease – and they give you the opportunity to participate in novel research programs that may ultimately help doctors prevent or manage illness.

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If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, talk to your primary care physician.

Maternal Fetal Medicine physician and obstetrician at the UVM Medical Center, and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM.

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