Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. They look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments developed through trials might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new approach works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
At Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, hundreds of trials are ongoing daily. Those interested in volunteering for a study are encourged to browse the list below to search for trials by department or by disease or condition.
- Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
- Center for Psychosocial Research in Gastrointestinal Conditions
- Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center
- Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, Program in Regenerative Medicine
- Illinois Women's Health Registry at Northwestern University
- Northwestern University Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Clinical Research Unit
- Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)
- Northwestern University Comprehensive Center on Obesity (NCCO)
- Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC)
- Northwestern University Department of Dermatology
- Northwestern University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Northwestern University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- Northwestern University Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
- Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
- Back and spine: Backache (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Back and spine: Spine (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Back and Spine (via Northwestern's web site)
- Back and Spine (via Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
- Birth (partruition)
- Bladder and urinary tract: bladder
- Bladder and urinary tract: urinary tract
- Blood and bleeding disorders (anemia, clotting, etc.)
- Brain and nervous system
- Brain disease
- Breast Disease
- Cartilage, joints, muscles: joints
- Cartilage, joints, muscles: muscles
- CAT Scan (Radiology, Xray, CAT Scan, Medical Imaging)
- Cervical cancer
- Children and adolescent clinical trials
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Cosmetic procedures and surgery
- Crohn's disease (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Crohn's disease (via Northwestern's website)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Depression and mood disorders
- Diabetes, endocrine, and metabolism: diabetes (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Diabetes, endocrine, and metabolism: endocrine disorders (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Diabetes, endocrine, and metabolism: metabolism (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Diabetes, endocrine, and metabolism (via Northwestern's website)
- Digestive system (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Digestive system (via Northwestern's website)
- Hand surgery
- Heart disease (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- Heart disease (via Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute)
- Heart disease (via Northwestern's Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute)
- Hepatitis A, B, & C
- Hernias (including hiatal hernia)
- HIV/AIDS (via ClinicalTrials.gov)
- HIV/AIDS (via Northwestern's website)
How to Volunteer
To become a research volunteer, join our online registry. Also called a research registry or participant database, registrants who answer introductory questions are eligible for participation in research studies at Northwestern.
Volunteers can search our list of trials by department or by diseases and conditions, found on this page, and use the contact information provided. Additional Feinberg clinical trials can be searched at clinicaltrials.gov.
If you do not find a research study or trial at Feinberg, you may also register as a volunteer at ResearchMatch.org to volunteer for trials taking place at academic medical centers nationwide.
Volunteers with general questions should call 1-855-NU-STUDY.
Universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies who want to host a clinical trial at Feinberg should contact Tom Hancko at email@example.com.
Investigators who want assistance conducting a clinical trial or recruiting can contact the Clinical Trials Office.
To include your study on this page, contact the Research Office.
This page last updated May 22, 2013