A clinical trial is a regulated, systematic way to answer a question related to health care. The results can range from finding a better way to detect or control a disease or disorder to prevention and cure. Also called medical research or research studies, clinical trials are used to determine the safety and effectiveness of new drugs or treatments for the people who may need them.
Patient volunteers are monitored for side effects by closely supervised and ethically designed trials. As with any medical intervention, there are potential risks that you need to know about before you decide to enroll in a clinical trial. Your participation may require visits to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and/or its affiliates. Any questions you may have about the study will be answered before you participate.
As a volunteer you have the opportunity to be involved in clinical research that may bring about advances in science and health care. Volunteers are needed in all areas of clinical research, from trials in healthy volunteers to disease specific studies.
Vanderbilt is pleased to announce a new on-line service, "ResearchMatch", a not-for-profit effort that will help match people who would like to participate in research with researchers at Vanderbilt and nationwide via a secure and convenient online web portal. www.researchmatch.org
Volunteers of any age, race, ethnicity or health status are invited to join.
If you are interested in a cancer clinical trial, please see the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center web page on How Do I Sign Up for a Clinical Trial.