Office of Research Advancement

Clinical Trials

In the battle against devastating diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart disease, a major effort is the development and testing of new tactics: surgeries, drugs, radiation therapies, preventive therapies and combinations of those that might lead to a cure. Clinical trials — scientific studies that test the effectiveness of a treatment, device, or drug — contribute to finding new and better ways of treating diseases. For example, a trial may test the effectiveness of blood pressure medication or whether a certain drug can lower cholesterol.

Keck School of Medicine faculty members lead and participate in many of the nation’s largest multi-center clinical trials, as well as in many unique smaller trials. Although participating in a clinical trial is not the right choice for everyone, many patients receiving care in one of the Keck-affiliated academic hospitals have chosen to become involved in clinical trials.

What are clinical trials?

Available Trials at USC

Hundreds of clinical trials take place at the USC Health Sciences Campus each year, giving select patients access to therapies not available elsewhere. If you are interested in participating in one of our clinical trials, please visit the following websites for more information.

AIDS Clinical Trial Unit

Atherosclerosis Research Unit

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Trials

Colorectal Surgery
Colorectal Surgery Clinical Trials

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Trials

Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery Clinical Trials

Stroke Clinical Trials
or contact Jennifer Hagemann at (323) 224-5138

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials

Neuromuscular Clinical Trials
or call (323) 442-8356 / (323) 442-8852

Memory and Aging Center Clinical Trials

Laboratory for Pharmacodynamic Research

Geriatric Studies Center- Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Vacular Care Clinical Trials
or call (323) 442-5752

Urology Clinical Trials

University of Southern California University of Southern California