Clinical Trials & Research at MUSC

Research is essential to MUSC’s overall mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond. Dedicated scientists and physicians work together through clinical research to improve treatments and advance our medical understanding. This research process is key to finding treatments and therapies that are safe and work for everyone.

A clinical trial is just one type of research study. In research studies, scientists and doctors gather information to answer questions and solve problems. There are different types of studies, such as clinical trials (which look at new treatments like drugs or devices), observational studies, and survey studies. Research studies are important because they help find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, and treat diseases.

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Clinical trials start with a group of people who have the same health condition, like a specific type of cancer or a certain disease. Each trial has a plan that explains what will be done, how it will be done, and why each part is necessary. There are also rules about who can join each study.

One big part of any research study is the group of people who volunteer. Some studies need volunteers who meet specific criteria. These volunteers may need to have a certain disease, be a certain age, gender, or ethnicity. Other studies may have fewer restrictions or be looking for healthy volunteers. The type of volunteer needed depends on the research question the study is trying to answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about clinical trials.

Still have questions? Check out the FAQs here or reach out to research support staff at 843-792-8300.