University of Pennsylvania Health System

Research and Clinical Trials


Among the Nation's Leading Research Institutions

Penn Medicine and The Perelman School of Medicine are among the nation's leading research institutions. In fact, we rank in the top 5% in the nation among academic medical centers for research awards granted. This allows us to be at the forefront of the latest medical breakthroughs — translating scientific and clinical trial discoveries to transform patient care.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a research study involving patient volunteers that are conducted to find safe and effective treatments for a variety of health conditions. They are critical to the advancement of medicine and improving patient health.

Participating in clinical trials offers patients the opportunity to try new and effective treatments that could potentially improve their condition while taking part in vital research that can benefit many future patients.

There are many resources for information about Penn Medicine clinical trials. Each of our research centers has a different focus:

  • Abramson Cancer Center - Conducts clinical trials that help to prevent, diagnose, detect, and treat a variety of cancers.
  • Basser Research Center for BRCA - Clinical trials focus solely on the prevention and treatment of cancers that are associated with the genetically inheritable BRCA mutations, including basic science research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine - Offers clinical trials that focus on the treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Conducts clinical trials that focus on women’s reproductive health, contraception, infertility, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, and obstetrics.
  • Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) - ITMAT supports and promotes research for newer and more effective medications and leading edge clinical care. ITMAT encompasses Penn research centers and educational programs that support clinical and translational research.
  • Penn Cardiovascular Institute - Offers clinical trials and innovative treatments for patients with cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease.

If you have any additional questions about clinical trials at Penn Medicine, please contact:

Research Laboratories

The Perelman School of Medicine which is the medical school for Penn Medicine has a wide array of research laboratories staffed by faculty and staff who are passionate about alleviating suffering caused by disease. The research laboratories include:

Research Support