The goal of clinical research at Michigan Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeons is to assist in developing the most up-to-date methods of treatment for various orthopaedic conditions.

Michigan Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeons has partnered with several organizations to help facilitate the improvement of our orthopaedic practice.

Simply put, we believe research is essential to creating the best options for patients under our care. 

Clinical Research Initiative

Project Goals

Office for Human Research Protections

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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What is Clinical Research?


Clinical Research is a branch of healthcare science that determines  the safety and efficacy of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatments that are intended for human use. They may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease. 


Food and Drug Administration

Learn more about clinical trials and specifically what patients need to know. 

National Institute of Health

A simple guide for understanding the basics of clinical research. 



The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation

The Education Center can help you learn about clinical research and what it means to be a clinical research volunteer.

What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical Trial is a research study that assigns human participants to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. Interventions may include:
◊Drugs                              ◊Devices       
◊Surgery                           ◊Biologic Products
◊Preventive Care              ◊Process of Care Changes

Carefully conducted clinical trials help in finding new treatments and ways to improve health. The two main types are:
1. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of doing things are safe and effective under controlled environments. Participants receive investigational treatments under the supervision of a trained physician and other qualified research professionals.
2. Observational trials use no experimental treatment, participants are followed to see their health outcomes while getting or after receiving standard of care treatment.

Why Participate?

With the desire to improve health conditions, allay pain or discomfort and improve the quality of life of those we serve, we collaborate with other health organizations to engage in Clinical Research to learn about new, innovative and cutting edge treatments that we can offer our patients as an additional treatment option. We also participate in Quality Initiative Programs to evaluate and improve current standards of practice. We believe that the research being done today will be the medicine of the future.

There are many reasons why our patients choose to volunteer to participate in clinical trials, it gives them:

- Access to investigational treatments before they become commercially available
- Access to free medical care such as physical examinations and diagnostic testing related to the clinical study
- Opportunity to be a part of discovering new treatments or preventing certain medical conditions
- Opportunity to improve current standard of care
- Potential compensation for time and travel related to the clinical study
- Opportunity to help others who may be suffering from the same medical conditions

Who Can Participate?

Each study opens for enrollment and voluntary participation after approval is obtained from an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB). All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate so not all patients will qualify. Potential involvement in clinical research should be discussed with your physician here at MOSS who will provide you with some information and arrange for you to discuss participation details with our research staff.Schedule an appointment today to go over your options.