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The Geisinger Cardiovascular Center for Clinical Research (CCCR) invites patients and members of the public to participate in medical research by joining a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a scientific study of how a medicine, device, or treatment works in people. It is an important step in finding ways to improve and maintain health.

Geisinger researchers participate in many of the nation's largest multi-center clinical trials as well as in many unique smaller trials. Designed to evaluate investigational treatments, clinical trials at Geisinger are closely monitored. Geisinger's Institutional Review Board (IRB) - comprised of doctors, nurses, clergy, scientists and community members - who thoroughly evaluate every clinical trial protocol to ensure strict adherence to federal and state guidelines and protect patients who participate in trials. Based on trial results, treatments may be approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Choosing to volunteer for a study is an important personal choice and you should have as much information as possible to make an informed decision. To help you, this web site includes:

We also encourage you to read the Center for Clinical Studies' Director's Message which discusses Geisinger's clinical trials program. If you have any further questions, contact us.