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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, contact the Office of Clinical Research at 866-670-6277.
Clinical trials are a critical tool for improving our understanding and treatment of illnesses and disease. Anyone may be eligible to participate in clinical trials. As a potential clinical trial subject, you may be asked if you’re willing to participate in a clinical trial that is specific to your health needs or diagnosis. You may also be asked to participate in research that is not necessarily a clinical trial, such as donating blood or tissue for a genetic study. People volunteer to be in clinical trials for different reasons:
Clinical trials must follow guidelines set forth by the FDA and/or OHRP, as well as the IRB. Before a clinical trial can begin, the IRB reviews the researchers’ proposal to ensure that the rights and well-being of those participating will be protected. Our Biological Sciences Division IRB consists of community volunteers, scientists and other institutional representatives.
You can contact our IRB at any time regarding your rights as a clinical trial volunteer:
Biological Sciences Division 773-702-6505
Each clinical trial has different enrollment requirements, and your doctor can help you identify suitable trials.
The following questions can also help you decide on whether a study is right for you:
You can use this printable worksheet (PDF) version of these questions to discuss them with your doctor.
You’ll find many of the answers to these questions in the consent form you’ll be asked to sign.