Clinical Research Protocols

Scientists from multiple disciplines converge at UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic to harness the power of light to develop and test cutting-edge, non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques that are both safe and effective to simultaneously advance basic research and improve the lives of patients.  The Institute enrolls more than 400 subjects annually in approximately 40 Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved clinical research protocols.

IRB studies evaluate biophotonic technologies in skin diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic disease, trauma and critical care, ophthalmology, neurologic function, head and neck surgery and exercise medicine.  Through clinical trials, Institute researchers have pioneered new technologies in cancer photonics and photomedicine for UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, a designated National Cancer Institute (NCI), and UCI Institute for Clinical Translational Science (ICTS), a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-designated Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.

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Participation in a clinical research protocol is voluntary. Institute clinicians provide patients with consent forms with information about the treatment(s), expectation(s) and potential risk(s).

During a clinical research protocol, patients can withdraw their consent at any time and clinicians will provide pertinent information that may affect their participation.

Clinical research protocols, informed consent forms and trial progress are reviewed, approved and monitored by the UCI IRB and the clinicians who are conducting the studies. The goal of the IRB is to protect the public, determine whether the possible benefits of participating outweigh the risks and ensure that patients are not pressured to participate.

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Active Clinical Research Protocols

The following are active clinic research protocols at UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic.  Click on the following link(s) to learn more.

Genitourinary Symptoms of Menopause

Optical Imaging of Cutaneous Neurofibromas

For more information about clinical research protocols at UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, please contact Hanna Kim at 949.824.9265 or