Research Navigator

Educating All Populations to Engage in Research

The UH Seidman Cancer Center Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) conducts cancer clinical trials at UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH Seidman Cancer Center and regional sites in the Greater Cleveland area.  Our UH Seidman Cancer Center Research Navigators specialize in educating diverse populations on clinical trials.

Contact the Research Navigator

To learn more about clinical trials or the services offered by the Research Navigator email Valerie Vinson or call her at 216-844-8364.

Why should African Americans Participate in Clinical Trials?

Today, only a small percentage of minorities are in clinical trials. For many years, clinical trials only included white men. Large groups such as African Americans, women, and other minorities were left out. Sometimes cancer treatments can affect racial and ethnic groups differently. By joining a clinical trial, you can help future generations of African Americans.

Are Clinical Trials Safe?

Each clinical trial is thoroughly reviewed and checked by the hospital’s Institutional Review Board and research staff. These teams make sure that patients understand the study’s purpose and risks. Today, federal laws are in place to protect you from being taken advantage of through medical research.

Are Clinical Trials Free?

The costs of treatments, testing and doctor visits are usually covered by insurance. Talk to your doctor and members of the research team about any out-of-pocket costs you may have. We have financial counselors and social workers that can help you with the costs of cancer treatments

Additional Educational Resources

The Clinical Research Center offers a variety of patient education resources to learn more about clinical trials and research studies.