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Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials and Research at MUSC

What are Clinical Trials?

"Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. Clinical trials may also compare a new treatment to a treatment that is already available.

Every clinical trial has a protocol, or action plan, for conducting the trial. The plan describes what will be done in the study, how it will be conducted, and why each part of the study is necessary. Each study has its own rules about who can take part. Some studies need volunteers with a certain disease. Some need healthy people. Others want just men or just women.

In the United States, an independent committee of physicians, statisticians, and members of the community must approve and monitor the protocol. They make sure that the risks are small and are worth the potential benefits."

-NIH: National Institutes of Health

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Find Research Participation Opportunities

MUSC participates in a large number of clinical trials. New trials are added on a routine basis, and many clinical trials accept only a limited number of participants. Please use the following resources to help find a study that may be right for you.

  • SCresearch.org - The South Carolina Research Studies Directory designed specifically to help people, like you, locate research studies in which to participate. Browse by topic, location, and more!
  • Researchmatch.org - A not-for-profit online resource that matches people who want to participate in research with researchers throughout the country who need volunteers for their studies.
  • Call 843-792-8300 and speak to a research professional about study opportunities available at MUSC.

Research & Discovery at MUSC

Learn about new advancements in medicine and technology in our Research Portal.