Since graduating from medical school at McMaster University, Dr. Richard Tytus has been an active practicing physician dedicated to the well being of the Hamilton community for over 25 years. Dr. Tytus is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and sits on the Board on Directors for the Hamilton FHD consisting of 14- physicians and representing 280,000 patients in the Hamilton area. He is the Past-President of the Hamilton Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Tytus is the Principal Investigator of the Hamilton Medical Research Group, a team of experienced professionals that are dedicated to clinical research. From patient care to health promotion, their focus and experience is aimed at improving the lives of our patients and their families. Dr. Tytus's personal life revolves around his wife, four children and a great dog.
My office is currently recruiting for a diabetes mellitus study along with others. Stay tuned for more information.
In an effort to get a better understanding of the effects of new treatments, vaccinations and drugs; medical research facilities host clinical trials where new medical findings are tested on voluntary patients. Successful clinical trials are a crucial part of medical research, as it gives researchers with an in-depth idea of how well new medications and treatments work on people. The main benefit is purely to help answer questions that scientists and doctors have about newly developed medical findings.
The two broad categories of clinical trials are pediatric trials and adult trials. These two categories have several branches that lead into diagnostic trials, prevention trials, treatment trials and quality of life trials. The clinical research portion helps identify whether new treatments are safe, if preventative care measures work, if diagnostic measures help with evolving diseases and if these new findings improve people's health.
Clinical research takes place through a strict four phase process, which involves several hundred people. The following is an example of how these phases work and how they are beneficial.
Phase I - This is the initial testing process that usually involves a group of ten to twenty people. This clinical test aims to provide sufficient information about the safety of using these new treatments and medications.
Phase II - The second phase aims to target a larger audience, and still works to test the overall safety of the treatment. Additionally, it also sheds some light on the effectiveness of the treatment being tested.
Phase III - The third phase of the clinical trial works to look at the effectiveness of the new treatment, while getting a better understanding of the potential side effects. This phase is usually done with several hundred people.
Phase IV - The last phase in the clinical trial is usually carried out once the new drug or treatment has been approved by the appropriate regulatory agencies, such as Health Canada. In Hamilton, clinical trials in Dr. Tytus's office are often Phase IV trials. These clinical trials are used to get a deeper look at the long term side effects and benefits of using the tested treatment or drug.
Your participation in clinical trials in Hamilton require you to meet certain strict conditions. The clinical trial information sheet would give you an indication of the type of people the facility is looking for. By participating in a clinical trial, you become a valuable asset for the advancement of clinical research and medical science.
For this informative article, Dr. Tytus thanks Kirushanth R, a student of health sciences currently underway with a Biochemistry and Accounting major takes time off for creative writing on a number of topics, including health and wellness.