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What is clinical research?

There are many types of research, from everyday research to rigorous studies trying to find new ways to cure diseases and improve human health. But researchers can't do it alone. They need your help!

How can I participate?

You can find out about research studies from advertisements on websites, newspapers, postcards, email, posters on the bus and many other places. You may also hear about studies from your doctor or from flyers in your clinic.

How does clinical research work?

Clinical research is conducted by highly trained researchers who study for many years to learn about things like the body and technology. Researchers work at a university, a medical company or government agency.

Getting started

It's up to you to decide if you want to participate in a research study! The research team will give you the information you need, including where you will need to come for study activities, what types of activities you will be doing, and how long the study will last.
  • What is clinical research?

    We all do research

    Here is an example of everyday research: You pick up an ice cream machine at the neighborhood yard sale. You can’t wait to get home and make some ice cream for your kids! You find three different recipes for homemade ice cream online. Which recipe do you choose? You might decide to try all three recipes to see which one tastes the best. Well, that’s doing research!

    Curing diseases and improving human health

    Researchers initiate clinical trials or studies in order to help answer medical-related questions or theories. These studies provide researchers critical data which helps them create treatments to combat diseases and improve human health. The decisions medical researchers make may save many lives!

    Clinical Research defined

    NCATS explains that clinical research includes studies to better understand a disease in humans and relate this knowledge to findings in cell or animal models; testing and refinement of new technologies in people; testing of interventions for safety and effectiveness in those with or without disease; behavioral and observational studies; and outcomes and health services research. The goal of many clinical trials is to obtain data to support regulatory approval for an intervention.