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Heart and Vascular - Clinical Trials

What are clinical trials? 
Clinical trials are studies, managed by government agencies, educational institutions, private not-for-profit organizations, or commercial businesses, to develop, produce, and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and therapies for diseases.

What are the risks and benefits of participating in a clinical trial? 
Individuals who participate in research studies are given the opportunity to benefit from treatments that are not currently available to the general public, but have shown promise in previous research.

Risks from participating in a clinical trial vary depending on the study. It is important to understand that not all new treatments produce the desired effect.

Where do I find additional information about participating in a clinical trial? is a clinical trials participants’ page found on the web site of the UAB Institutional Review Board. Here you will find information about participating in clinical trials at UAB. provides a current listing of UAB clinical trials, as advertised in the UAB Reporter. Advertisements recruiting participants for clinical trials at UAB are posted here. This listing is updated every weekday. Web site contains a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Here you will find information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

UAB is participates in   ResearchMatch  , a national, disease-neutral, volunteer recruitment registry. ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit Web site that brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies in a secure convenient manner.