Clinical trials are an important part of the research involved in developing new medical treatments. Although often associated with a large number of participants in multiple health care centers, clinical trials can be small and sponsored by one or more physicians in a single center. Enrolling in a clinical trial enables participants to take an active role in their own health care, gain entrance to new research, and contribute to medical science.
Participants must meet specific criteria to be eligible for enrollment in a clinical trial. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or specific conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others ask for healthy participants. Information on active patient based clinical trials can be found in the division web sites, and by browsing to lists of clinical trials using the links found on this page.