The University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are part of a newly-formed national network that will collaborate to conduct clinical trials designed to improve the outcomes for patients with life-threatening emergencies such as: neurologic, cardiac, respiratory, hematologic and trauma-related emergency events.
The network, called SIREN which stands for ‘Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials’, will pool resources and boost patient numbers for emergency medicine clinical trials. The SIREN network will conduct clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
“Establishment of the SIREN Mid-America Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium will enable us to find improved treatments for some of our sickest patients including those with heart attacks, lung disease, trauma, and other life-threatening emergencies,” said co-principal investigator Dr. David Beiser, associate professor of medicine & pediatrics at the University of Chicago. “We look forward to working with other SIREN centers, the Consortium, and our community to improve emergency care on the South Side of Chicago.”
Patients enrolled in SIREN clinical trials that begin in the emergency department or within the emergency medical transport system will be followed up as they move from the emergency department to other units within the hospital, and, depending on the trial, will continue to be followed up after discharge.