Clinical Research at BIDMC
Discovering Ways to Understand, Treat and
Prevent Medical Problems
What is Clinical Research?
The study of human physiology in health and disease, clinical research refers to investigations done on humans and includes the scientific study of how a new medicine or treatment works in people.
Clinical research may be conducted to better understand:
- how the body stays healthy
- what causes the body to become ill
- how the body heals or adapts in spite of illness
Clinical research studies include human healthy volunteers as well as patients in an effort to answer specific scientific questions.
Why Conduct Clinical Research?
Clinical research studies play an important role in discovering ways to understand, treat, and prevent medical problems. Discoveries made in the research lab pave the way for breakthroughs that can impact the health and wellness of people from all walks of life.
Why Participate in Clinical Research?
Research participants take an active role in research by helping doctors and scientists learn about various health problems and diseases. Knowledge gained through these research studies may help others live longer, healthier lives.
To participate in a clinical research study, please view our listing of clinical research studies.
Protecting Participants is a Priority
Because protecting participants' rights and safety are so important, participation in a clinical research study is only possible if participants first understand all the possible risks and benefits associated with the study as well as what will be done in the context of the study.
Once participants understand the study aspects, and their subject rights, they will be invited to sign an informed consent form. This form contains a detailed description of the study. By signing the informed consent form participants indicate that they understand the research study and agree to participate.
Volunteers may leave a study at any time.