Information about clinical trials at Penn Medicine including links to resources and contact information for the Office of Clinical Research at the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ever wonder what a clinical trial is? This video will help explain some of the ins and outs of one of the most important steps of modern medical research.

What is a Clinical Trial?

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:

Non-Cancer Related Clinical Trials

Penn Medicine has many research centers and educational programs that support clinical and translational research. Current trials include but are not limited to the following:

Cancer Related Clinical Trials

Abramson Cancer Center – Clinical trials that help to prevent, diagnose, detect, and treat a variety of cancers.

Basser Research Center for BRCA – Clinical trials focused solely on the prevention and treatment of cancers associated with the genetically inheritable BRCA mutations.

Questions and Participation

If you have questions about clinical trials at Penn Medicine or would like to participate in one, please contact: 

Office of Clinical Research
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
ocr@exchange.upenn.edu
215-746-8334 voice
215-573-8996 fax

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