Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that seek to find safe and effective ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. By participating, patients take an active role in their own care and add to our knowledge so that we can create a healthier world.

As an academic health system, UCI Health is uniquely positioned to advance medicine through leading-edge research and clinical trials for all diseases and conditions. Our Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated cancer centers in the nation and the only one in Orange County, plays an active role in discovering new treatments for cancer.

Clinical trial facts

  • Patients are closely monitored and their safety is paramount, and your physician will always review your treatment.
  • Many patients benefit from new treatments not available to the general public.
  • Every trial has criteria that describes eligibility, and the criteria differ from trial to trial.
  • Every trial has a plan, or protocol, that describes the study, what to expect, risks and benefits.
  • Clinical trials are open to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity or gender, so long as the participant meets the eligibility requirements.

Center for Clinical Research

The UCI Center for Clinical Research oversees clinical trials for UCI Health and the UCI School of Medicine. Our trials cover the full spectrum of conditions, from heart disease, neurological disorders, visual impairment and more.

Please visit the center's website to search for open clinical trials.