About Clinical Trials

UC San Diego Health faculty are involved in numerous clinical research studies spanning many health issues. Clinical trials are strictly controlled human studies of new and emerging therapies, or new and different ways of using known treatments. In addition to helping others by contributing to medical research, clinical trials may offer an alternative for patients who have failed to respond to standard medical treatment. A clinical trial is just one of many treatment options available at UC San Diego Health, and you do not have to participate if you do not feel comfortable doing so.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. It is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. If you would like detailed information about clinical trials, you can:

After identifying some trials that may be options for you, the next step is to contact the study's research staff and ask questions about specific trials.

For information regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact the Human Research Protections Program or the Research Compliance Program Office at 619-543-5841.