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Participating in Research at Stanford

Volunteers are crucial to the efficacy and success of research studies. If you are interested in participating, see below for more information and resources on contributing to studies and clinical trials.


Research studies play an important role in helping to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. There are different types of studies that all share a common purpose: to help people live healthier lives. These studies are made possible by volunteers like you. By participating in a research study at Stanford, whether for a specific disease or as a healthy participant, you are contributing to advancing health.

Deciding to participate in a research study is a personal choice. If you would like to opt out of receiving invitations to participate, contact us at 650-497-3612 or send an email to joinresearch@stanford.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQ is designed to help you learn more about participating in research studies at Stanford:

Health providers and scientists use research studies to answer questions about health. Research can find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and conditions.

There are many kinds of research studies. Some test new medicines or devices. Other studies use interviews or surveys to learn about health problems or patient experiences.