Other Sites About Clinical Studies

The following Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) websites provide information about clinical studies, drug development, and other health care issues.


General Information

About Research Participation

OHRP helps to protect the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of research volunteers. Visit OHRP's About Research Participation public outreach page to watch a series of short videos about research participation and print a list of questions to ask researchers.

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

The NIH Clinical Research Trials and You website (page also available in Spanish) provides general information about participating in clinical research, with a focus on NIH-funded research.

MedlinePlus® Clinical Trials Information

MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, explains health topics in easy-to-understand language. Visit the Clinical Trials page (also available in Spanish) to learn more about clinical research and find answers to common questions.

Clinical Trials and Drug Development

The FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of drugs, vaccines, and other medical products in the U.S. Read more about clinical trials and the drug development process on FDA's website.

Selected Conditions Studied at NIH

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism conducts various research studies at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Alzheimer's Disease

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research. NIA's Alzheimer's and related Dementias Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) provides information about Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Search for Alzheimer's studies through ADEAR's clinical trials finder. ADEAR's Clinical Trials page has information about clinical trials and questions to ask when you're considering if you should participate in a trial.


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the U.S. Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. Most other U.S. Government agencies that conduct cancer research, such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, do so in partnership with NCI.

Visit NCI's Clinical Trials page to find information on cancer studies, read about noteworthy clinical studies, find resources for researchers, and browse the results of clinical studies by type of cancer.

Genetic and Rare Diseases

The Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center website provides information about research on rare diseases, including research supported by NIH.


AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to the latest federally approved NIH/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information. AIDSinfo enables users to search for HIV/AIDS clinical trials.

Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Clinical Trials - Participants page helps users find research studies on mental health and disorders. NIMH's Frequently Asked Questions About Participating in NIMH-IRP Research Studies for Adults and Children page answers common questions from research study participants and potential participants.


The National Eye Institute (NEI) provides information about clinical trials in vision research and NEI education programs.

Other NIH Research Areas

Children and Clinical Studies

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides information about studies involving children on its Children and Clinical Studies page.

NIH Clinical Center

The NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, is the research hospital of NIH. The NIH Clinical Center website provides information for potential participants, their families, and doctors about participating in clinical studies at the center.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

NCCIH studies focus on interventions such as dietary supplements for a variety of conditions. See the NCCIH Clinical Trials page for more information.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

NHGRI studies the human genome and genes to better understand and treat a variety of hereditary and genetic conditions. To browse NHGRI studies by condition, see the NHGRI page on current studies.

The NHGRI's Human Subjects in Genomic Research page describes considerations for those thinking about participating in genomic research, including considerations that are unique to genomic research.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Medical conditions studied by NIAMS include arthritis, lupus, and osteoporosis. See the NIAMS page on current studies at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

NIDDK studies kidney, urine, blood, digestive, metabolic, and endocrine diseases as well as diabetes and nutrition. See the NIDDK Clinical Trials page for more information.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

NIEHS supports and conducts studies to determine how exposure to chemicals and other agents in the environment may influence a variety of diseases. See the NIEHS page on clinical research for more information.

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This page last reviewed in August 2018