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Clever clinical trials redirect

When readers are looking for clinical trials information, particularly for cancer therapies, I often refer to the NIH-operated clinicaltrials.gov:

ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information provided on ClinicalTrials.gov should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

The other day, I accidentally typed in clinicaltrials.org. Interestingly, I was redirected to the clinical trials site for the well-regarded, Houston-based, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

M.D. Anderson is a clinical trials powerhouse in the cancer world, so there are far worse options out there for a place using a domain name related to the NIH site.

But what a clever way to direct potential clinical trials subject to your institution.


  1. #1 Mike Dunford
    July 26, 2007

    Interestingly, it looks like the M.D. Anderson site came first. A search on archive.org shows clinicaltrials.org pages going back to 1998, while the .gov is only archived back into 2000.

  2. #2 Abel Pharmboy
    July 26, 2007

    Good research, Mike. So it was Anderson’s idea first? I guess it was so effective that the government (NIH) decided to piggyback on the domain.

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