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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. Each study has its own rules about who can take part. Clinical trials are sponsored or funded by various organizations or individuals, including physicians, foundations, medical institutions, voluntary groups, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

MedlinePlus: Clinical Trials – Basic information about clinical trials and extensive links to further explanations, websites, and other resources. Información sobre los ensayos (estudios) clínicos en Español.

ClinicalTrials.gov – A registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. This site provides patients and the public with free access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions. It contains information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information is provided by the study sponsor or investigator and does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Website lists over 250,000 studies, including those that are completed as well as active.

Clinical Trials and You – The National Institutes of Health provides thorough information on clinical trials, including sections on the basics, finding a clinical trial, a list of registries, educational resources, and a glossary of common terms. Información sobre la investigación clínica en Español.

Clinical Trials: What Patients Need to Know – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides basic and in-depth information about clinical trials including the different types of clinical research, a glossary of terms, informed consent, and the role of institutional review boards in protecting the rights and welfare of participants as subjects of research. Información sobre los ensayos clínicos en Español.

Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® – This free matching service provides information on clinical studies and makes it easy for people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers, and physicians to locate clinical trials based on user-provided information. The database contains more than 250 studies, both drug and non-drug. Información sobre los estudios clínicos en Español.

Alzheimer’s San Diego: Clinical Trials – Information about research and clinical trials being conducted in San Diego. In addition to investigating experimental drugs, many clinical trials include brain imaging studies and testing of blood or spinal fluid.

National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers – Basic information about clinical trials including the benefits and risks, who is responsible for research costs, how your safety is protected, questions to ask, and finding NCI-supported clinical trials. <astyle=”color: #e36c0a;” href=”https://www.cancer.gov/espanol/cancer/tratamiento/estudios-clinicos” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Información sobre los estudios clínicos en Español.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Clinical Trials – Information on research studies conducted by the NHLBI on diseases of the heart and blood vessels, lungs, blood cells and bone marrow, and cholesterol.

American Diabetes Association: Clinical Trials – Information on clinical studies and initiatives on which the ADA collaborates and provides support.

There are many other government agencies and healthcare organizations that offer information on clinical trials. Please ask the staff at the Herrick Library for assistance finding clinical trials on a specific disease or condition.

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