Clinical Research & Trials

At University Hospitals Clinical Research Center, our mission is to responsibly grow research and scientific innovation to improve patient care. Our vision is that every patient entering the UH system will be given an option to learn about and participate in a research study.

What are Clinical Research Studies?

Clinical research studies are projects involving people that answer specific health questions. They can be used to find new treatments, new ways of using established treatments, to observe how people are affected by different factors, and even to learn more about medicine and healthcare from the patient’s point of view. In fact, many of the treatments and therapies used today are the result of research studies.

Clinical trials are a type of research study used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective.

How Can You Participate?

Research participants have always played a vital role in medical research, they make healthcare treatments possible! The health of millions have been improved as a result of advances in science and technology, and the willingness of research participants like you who help by taking part in clinical research studies and clinical trials. It is important for research studies to include participants from diverse populations. As a participant, you can benefit the society by helping researchers find better treatments for you and others in the future. You can help researchers discover alternative ways to fight disease, and also help find out if people process medicines and treatments differently.

How Am I Protected

Each research study and clinical trial is approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), a panel of health care professionals and interested community members, to ensure that risks are monitored and federal guidelines are followed. The University Hospitals IRB ensures the rights and welfare of people participating in research studies and clinical trials both before and during their participation. University Hospitals Human Research Protection Program is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).

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Eye & Vision Studies

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View available ophthalmic studies and trials

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How Can You Support Clinical Research?

The Clinical Research Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a group of engaged, diverse community members who want to learn more about clinical research and influence the processes of clinical trials in a way that ensures inclusivity and a positive patient experience. Each Clinical Research CAB member’s unique background—personally and professionally—contributes to rich discussion about everything from ethics in clinical trials to the best ways to share results with networks for the greatest community impact.

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Research & Education Institute

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Patient Research Education

Learn more about what is involved in research, how clinical trials work, and common questions about research.


Visit our Resources page for additional information on participating in a clinical research study.

Department Research

Learn more about how UH clinical institutes and departments advance the development of medical breakthroughs.

Patient Stories

Learn more about the experiences of our past patients who participated in research and clinical trials at University Hospitals.