What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are structured research studies involving patients and are designed to safely test new drugs, devices, vaccines or ways of using known treatments. Most clinical trials concentrate on a specific disease or patient group; they might explore whether one drug is better than another or analyze data from a medical device used in treatment.

By participating in a clinical trial, you help make a difference in the lives of all patients. 

For more information on participating in clinical trials at UChicago Medicine or Comer Children's Hospital, contact the Office of Clinical Research at 866-670-6277.

Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Trials