A clinical trial is a research study that recruits patients to participate in health-related interventions to examine the effects on health outcomes. The types of these interventions can be any combination of drugs, surgical or radiological procedures, biological products, therapies, behavioral treatments, cells, devices, and more.
Clinical trials are a crucial part of our clinical research program, which seeks to determine the safety and effectiveness of these interventions. Trials focusing on your neurological disease may be researching how to prevent it, how to better diagnose it, or how to treat it.
The involvement of human participants in these trials allows researchers to turn basic research (done in labs) into new information, new treatments, and new practices, all with the goal of benefiting patients.
Be an Informed Participant
Before deciding to participate in a research study, take time to learn about clinical research, how it’s conducted and your rights as a research participant. Following are some helpful resources from independent sources. Always remember that a clinical research study is a research, not treatment.
Know Who to Contact
- Eligibility: For questions about a specific study and who is eligible to participate, call or email the contact person listed for that study. Each study contact is listed on the study page.
- Your Rights: For questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the UF Institutional Review Boards at 352-273-9600.
- Feedback: For general questions or feedback about study listings, email the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute at CTSI-Studies-L@lists.ufl.edu.
Other Research Opportunities
There are several ways to participate in research at UF and across the nation.
- HealthStreet: Join HealthStreet and talk to one of our Community Health Workers (CHWs) and learn why health research is important for you and your community.
- ResearchMatch: Join ResearchMatch and be matched to studies from across the nation.
- ClinicalTrials.gov: While most of the studies listed on our site are also included on this national registry, you can search for studies all across the nation by inserting keywords into the search.