This section will help you learn more about clinical trials and provide resources to help you decide if participating in a clinical trial is right for you.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study in which volunteers help researchers to find better ways to improve health. For additional information, visit the following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) links:

How can I find detailed information on clinical trials? is a registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you detailed information about a trial; its purpose, who may participate, locations, contact phone numbers and summary results, if available.

Suggested reading

  • Belmont report
    The Belmont Report is the “Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research”. Finalized on April 18, 1979 by The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, this document identifies 3 primary ethical principles: Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice.
  • Research glossary
    Help with terms that may be used in research and in a subject information and consent form.
  • Newly approved drugs
    FDA gives general information about newly approved prescription drugs.

Clinical trial websites

  • National Institute of Health
    Program dedicated to latest information regarding health issues and ongoing scientific research and special reports.
  • National Cancer Institute
    NCI website provides a great deal of information for clinical trials. Although the information is primarily focused on cancer research, this can be useful for any type of research.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
    NIMH website provides a participant’s guide to mental health clinical research.
  • WebMD Clinical Trial Services
    This site contains various types of information regarding clinical trials. This website provides a common sense guide for clinical trials which includes information such as commonly asked questions and a glossary.
  • CenterWatch Clinical Trials Network
    Clinical trial information and listing of available research studies being conducted in US.
  • Clinical Trials Information:
    Provides patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies.

If you can’t find the answer to your questions, contact us for more information.

If you have any concerns or questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss a problem, get information or offer input, you may contact Copernicus Group Independent Review Board (CGIRB) at 1-888-303-2224 (toll free) or