The Geisinger Center for Clinical Studies (CCS) 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 Institution Review Board (IRB) – comprised of doctors, nurses, clergy, scientists and community members – 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:
- Find a Study for a list of Geisinger studies currently open for volunteer enrollment.
- Frequently Asked Questions about participating in a clinical trial.
- A dictionary of medical language used in clinical trials.
- Related Links that provide additional information on clinical trials.