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Vanderbilt is proud to provide an on-line service, “ResearchMatch,” a not-for-profit effort that will help match people who would like to participate in research with researchers nationwide via a secure and convenient online web portal.
Volunteers of any age, race, ethnicity or health status are invited to join.

What is Research, What is a Clinical Trial?

Research involves exploration and learning. There are many different types of health related research, each involving the acquisition of knowledge leading to the application of that knowledge in health related fields. A common type of research, clinical research, depends on volunteers who participate in clinical trials. 

"Clinical" research is defined as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation involving human subjects, their data, records or tissue and is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Typically, clinical research examines new and better ways to treat patients. 

Other types of research include: health services, behavioral, survey, specimen, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, etc. Health services research studies how people get access to health care, now much care costs and what happens to a patient as a result of the care they receive.

Read More about Research and Clinical Trials

Read more about Health Related Research at the Following Sites:

National Institute of Health: What is Clinical Research?
CenterWatch: What is Clinical Research?
ClinicalTrials.Gov: Information about Clinical Trials?
Office for Human Research Protections public outreach website - About Research Participation


Send in a research idea...

We welcome new research ideas. Although many behavioral and medical research ideas come from scientists and doctors, patients and consumers often have ideas too. As a patient or consumer, you may have experienced an unexpected benefit from a medicine or treatment or experienced a side effect not already described by the drugs manufacturer. Or you may have an idea that would help us help you in a more convenient or improved manner. Please submit your research ideas below.

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