Information for Community seeking clinical trials


Clinical research studies are critical for improving patient care and medical knowledge. This video features UC Davis patients who share their stories and thoughts on the importance of research and participating in a clinical trial.

Breakthroughs that address the health challenges facing our world are at the core of our mission to discover and share knowledge to advance health. UC Davis conducts more than 1,000 research studies annually, including basic science, translational and clinical trial research — all with the goal of bringing new, effective and safe treatments to patients more quickly.

The communities we serve help us achieve our goals by volunteering to participate in research studies that could lead to new and improved treatments. In addition, UC Davis encourages diversity in its clinical trial enrollments since the effects of diseases or conditions can vary with age, race and ethnicity.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research project conducted with men, women or children to determine if an investigational drug, device or procedure is safe and effective. Some other words that describe clinical research are study, protocol, survey or experiment.


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Top 3 reasons to participate in clinical trials:

  • To advance medicine: 51%
  • To find a better treatment for my condition: 46%
  • To help others with my condition: 39%

See more at the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)


  • What is a clinical trial?
  • Why should I enroll in a clinical trial? 
  • Is it safe to be in a clinical trial?
  • Will research help me personally?


Ask your doctor, “Is there a clinical trial that I can join?”

If your doctor offers you a trial, here are some questions you may want to ask:


  1. Central Valley Pulmonary Fibrosis
  2. UC Davis Cancer Center 
  3. UC Davis MIND Institute Resources  (developmental disabilities)
  4. Other support groups can be found on this website