Clinical Trials regularly recruit human subjects to participate in cutting edge medical research involving new technologies, medications, treatment therapies or procedures. Most volunteers choose to participate in these studies for either the medical benefits or for an offered stipend, if applicable.
Study investigators frequently recruit patient volunteers whose ailments meet particular study criteria. Many clinical trials seek out healthy participants as well.
If you have an illness or disorder and might benefit from experimental treatments that might not be widely accepted yet or you otherwise are healthy but interested in contribute to new research findings, consider volunteering to participate in a clinical trial.
There are many ways to search for clinical trials currently recruiting research subjects, one of the most common ways being to search clinical trials databases or listing sites online. Here is a list of great websites to start with:
Bio Trax is an international resource for participants of clinical trials, drug studies, medical trials and paid medical research. Search the database of current medical research studies or sign up for new study alerts that apply to your profile and criteria. Bio Trax is a great tool for finding clinical trials for patient participants as well as healthy volunteers.
Boston Clinical Trials
Independently owned and run by women, the Boston Clinical Trials and Medical Research, Inc (BCT) conducts clinical trials from their research center in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston. Visit the website for current clinical trial opportunities and register your interests in their study participant database for future study alerts. (617) 202-6322
Paid Clinical Trials
Paid Clinical Trials allows you to search the database of current federal and private medical research study opportunities using your choice of several targeted search methods. Find clinical trails in Massachusetts through a search by company, by drug/medication, medical condition, University conducting the research, or phase of the study.
Clinical Trials Search.org
Clinical Trials Search.org lists a great deal of medical research studies and clinical trials in Massachusetts but other participant resources are limited.
The Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory runs studies related to alcohol and drug abuse at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Check out the current medical research study opportunities, which are frequently updated, to see if one of them meets your needs or interests.
Search Clinical Trials.org
Sponsored by the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), Search Clinical Trials is an educational resource for the public. T he site and telephone help line (1-877-MED-HERO) were designed to help individuals find a medical research study or clinical trial that is most appropriate for their needs.
Clinical Connection serves as a study participant recruiter as well as a liaison between participants and clinical trial investigators. Search their database of over 200,000 current clinical trials recruiting participants worldwide and sign up for alerts in the future.
Partners Clinical Trials
This website allows you to search for clinical trials taking place at any of the many hospitals within the Partners Healthcare System, some of which include Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Sign up for the RSVP for Health notification system for alerts of clinical trials relevant to your interests. Visit RSVP for Health or call 866-391-7030 to register.
McLean Hospital Medical Research Studies
Search for clinical trials at McLean Hospital by the category of illness or disorder. McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a world leader in psychiatric research.
MGH Cancer Clinical Trials
Search the MGH Cancer Center website for cancer related clinical trials that are recruiting both adults and kids. Search online by condition or call 1-877-789-6100.
Dana Farber Cancer Studies
Search for adult and pediatric cancer clinical trials through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and related institutions.
National Cancer Clinical Trials
Search the National Cancer Institute’s database of cancer clinical trials taking place all over the United States. Search online or call 1-800-4-CANCER for help.
CenterWatch provides clinical trial news and education and a database of clinical trials currently recruiting participants in a wide range of medical conditions and therapeutic areas. Many clinical trials seeking healthy children or healthy patient participants are also listed.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a clinical trial location resource by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The website offers a searchable database of completed and currently recruiting medical research studies categorized by condition, drug intervention, sponsor or location.
Biomedical Imaging Studies
The Athinoula A. Martinos Center offers an updated list of biomedical imaging studies that are currently recruiting participants. Most medical research studies offer payment.
Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
The Boston University Medical Campus website regularly lists medical research studies currently for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders that are currently recruiting subjects for participation.