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Why Research is Important

Why is research important?

Clinical research is the engine that drives all medical advances. Through clinical research, medical professionals and research scientists find ways to prevent, detect or treat diseases. They may develop and test new drugs or new drug combinations, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical research is to develop better methods to diagnose, treat or manage diseases and other conditions of the human body. Clinical research is vital for improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses and other medical conditions.

Please view a few of our featured St. David’s HealthCare Office of Research patient-physician stories involving our research.

Featured Research Stories

Here are a few recent stories about new research and technology across St. David’s HealthCare.

  • Novel brain stents improve patient’s lives: KVUE Interview with Mae Collins, stroke survivor and with James Waldron, MD on brain stents. Read More
  • A new procedure in the treatment of strokes: a ‘game changer’ Read More
  • Acting F.A.S.T. an 11-year-old boy makes a huge difference in his grandfather’s life. Educational outreach and research findings on stroke prevention demonstrate the importance of knowing the signs of stroke and how this can impact outcomes. Research and community education and outreach is a vital part of what St. David’s Medical Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center provides for our community. Read More
  • The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center is among the world’s preeminent international treatment, training and research centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting abnormal heart rhythms, such as Atrial Fibrillation. Led by Andrea Natale M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S., F.E.S.C., Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center. Read More
  • Texas cardiac arrhythmia institute tests new implant. Cardiac electrophysiologist Rodney Horton, M.D. at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute was in the studio with Gigi Barnett to new technology that identifies heart stroke risks. KXAN Video. Read More