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Participating in a Clinical Trial


Because our clinicians are working to develop new and more effective therapies and treatments, patients of Washington University may participate in a broad array of clinical trials. Also called clinical studies, these trials test the safety and effectiveness of investigational treatments, diagnostic tools and prevention strategies.

Volunteer for Health is a school-based office with staff dedicated to connecting patients with clinical trial opportunities.

As part of our core mission to rapidly advance new research innovations to benefit our patients, our clinicians oversee many clinical trials. Through voluntary participation in such studies, individuals may help researchers evaluate the safety and effectiveness of investigational treatments, tools and prevention strategies.

Learn more about participating in a clinical trial at Washington University School of Medicine.

View a list of clinical trials listed through the National Institutes of Health.

Healthy individuals as well as those with medical conditions are needed. Participants also may have access to innovative treatment modalities currently being studied. To learn more about clinical studies currently seeking volunteers, please visit the Volunteer for Health Research Participant Registry.

For information on clinical studies related to cancer, please visit the cancer clinical trials directory at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

All clinical activities are overseen by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to comply with ethical standards as well as government and institutional regulations.