About Clinical Trials at Emory

Clinical trials are an essential step in developing new and better ways to prevent and treat disease. New tests or treatments developed in the laboratory and in animal studies must be tested in human clinical trials to determine if these new tests or treatments work and are safe.

Clinical trials may test new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments or improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers may participate in clinical trials to help current and future patients and to contribute to new medical knowledge. Current patients may participate in order to potentially benefit from an investigational treatment, and to help others in the future.

Clinical trials are developed and sponsored by different organizations, including Emory and its investigators, pharmaceutical companies, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or other federal agencies.

Participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary. Each clinical trial at Emory is reviewed rigorously by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of participants. A principal investigator leads each clinical trial, along with a research team.

Each clinical trial listed on this website includes contact information for potential volunteers. If you would like information about a particular clinical trial, please click on the name of the principal investigator listed in the contact information section of the trial to submit a message to the principal investigator.

In addition, Emory patients or former patients may sign up to be contacted about future Emory clinical trials. If you wish to be contacted about future clinical trials opportunities, please ask a member of your care team at your next Emory Clinic visit.

Clinical trials led by Emory researchers are conducted at a number of locations. These include Emory Healthcare hospitals and clinics, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, and affiliated institutions. A complete list of locations is available here.

More information about clinical trials and the clinical trials process is available at the FAQ and the Resources sections of this website.