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As an academic medical center, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine support student, postdoctoral and faculty researchers as they strive to make new discoveries to advance the art and science of medicine for future generations.

For patients, we provide opportunities for participation in cutting-edge clinical research.

Our StudyFinder searchable database allows those interested in being part of clinical research to find trials in need of volunteers, and we also always welcome healthy volunteers who are interested in serving as study controls.

All research at Penn State College of Medicine meets rigorous compliance standards, coordinated by, among other groups, our Clinical Trials Office and our Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects Protection Office.

Contact Us

Questions about clinical research can be directed to the Clinical Trials Office.

Email Call 1-866-905-1872 (toll-free) See available clinical trials

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Get Started with Research

Investigators have the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting clinical research in the world at Penn State College of Medicine.

We offer researchers numerous resources and tools to find projects of interest, connect with other researchers, and conduct meaningful investigations.

In addition, a fully staffed Clinical Research Center provides personnel and facilities to support your research project.

If you're curious about how you can work in clinical research as a student or investigator, contact our Clinical Trials Office at

See our full guidebook for clinical researchers.

Participate in Clinical Research

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Participating in a clinical trial helps you play an active role in your own healthcare and is a way you can contribute to the understanding of human diseases and the development of new drugs, devices and procedures.

You will receive expert medical care and help others by contributing to medical research.

Visit our StudyFinder website to search for relevant clinical research studies at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, as well as at other Penn State University campuses.

Learn About Research Compliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has numerous regulations in place to make research as safe as possible.

In addition, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have a Clinical Trials Office and a Human Subjects Protection Office to monitor studies and keep safety a top priority.

Read more about research compliance and other frequently-asked questions about clinical research.

See questions to consider before participating in clinical research.

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