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Clinical Trials

Become Part of Tomorrow's Breakthroughs

Many common therapies and devices, such as brand name painkillers or even contact lenses would not exist without clinical trials. A clinical trial is a research study involving people who volunteer to explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Those who choose to participate are closely monitored to assess how the drug or therapy is working. Participation in a clinical trial does not substitute for regular medical care. Learn more from the National Institutes of Health website Clinical Trials and You. 


The University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides StudyFinder, an easy-to-use mobile-friendly website for the public to learn about and get involved in University of Minnesota research studies currently seeking volunteers. 

StudyFinder kiosks, which are featured throughout the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus, including the Clinics and Surgery Center, display research participant stories and information, and provided tablets allow the public to easily search for health studies. Learn more about participating in a health research study.

Why get involved in research?

Participating in research is one of the most powerful things you can do to be part of tomorrow's health care breakthroughs--and ultimately help transform the lives of millions. By participating in a clinical trial, you may:

  • help others by contributing to medical research
  • gain access to new treatments
  • receive treatments at low or no cost
  • may be compensated for your time related to the study. 
  • Participation in a clinical trial is dependent on the research question being studied. Some clinical trials look for people with certain diseases, and others are looking for healthy people to participate. Participation eligibility is based on criteria such as age, gender, certain medical conditions and treatment history, or your daily behaviors (for example, if you smoke). These are used to identify the highest safety standards while addressing the specific research questions.

    If you are interested in participating in a research study, you are encouraged to discuss participation with your doctor, learn as much as possible about the study. You should also ask specific questions about the purpose of the study, how long it will last, how the study may affect your daily life, what types of tests and treatments are involved, and whether study results will be provided to you. Study participants can exit the study at any point.