The University of Minnesota Medical School is known for groundbreaking healthcare. Many discoveries can’t help people until they go through clinical trials. Our researchers are actively involved in clinical trials to learn if promising new treatments, techniques, and therapies are safe and effective—and to ultimately help create a healthier future for everyone.
Driven by this shared purpose, we’ve frequently been the first to prove that a medical innovation could indeed work. We implanted the first cardiac pacemaker, and performed many "world's first" transplantations, including kidney, intestinal, pancreas, and bone marrow. Decades later, these and many other pioneering breakthroughs have helped countless people live longer, healthier lives.
More recently, clinical trials focused on a wide range of promising innovations, from a new drug that could hold the answer to defeating pancreatic cancer to a treatment that may help children with a painful skin disorder. We’re also evaluating promising medical devices, diagnostic tests, and surgical techniques, and teaming up with companies to conduct clinical trials.
But medical advances are only possible if people participate in research. By joining a clinical trial, you can help develop treatments that may one day benefit a friend, a family member, or someone around the world. If you’re interested in becoming a research volunteer, we encourage you to learn more about participating in clinical trials, or visit the StudyFinder website to find and connect with a University study that’s right for you.
Research ethics at the University of Minnesota
We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.