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Volunteering for Research Studies

Clinical research studies are biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow specific guidelines. In some research studies, participants are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. In other studies, participants may complete a questionnaire, give a blood sample or mouth swab, or merely be observed. Volunteers with specific conditions as well as healthy volunteers are needed.

Participants in clinical research studies can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

Want to know more about clinical research?

Get answers to frequently-asked questions here about participating in clinical research, your safety and security, and more.

Want to be a part of our clinical studies?

StudyFinder logoIf you would like to take part in clinical research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, search for studies currently seeking volunteers here. If you would like to take part in clinical research at Penn State University Park, search for studies currently seeking volunteers here

You can also complete our volunteer form here.