Finding a Clinical Trial

Your doctor is an excellent resource to help identify clinical trials for a particular disease. There are a number of online resources to assist in locating clinical trials currently accepting patients.

When looking for a clinical trial, remember to make sure the trial is appropriate for the disease. Most trials also specify an age range for the participants. Additional eligibility requirements vary depending on the individual study. If they are not listed on the web, you can contact the health professionals.

A great resource for all clinical trials is a website maintained by the US National Institutes of Health: This is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. It contains over 40,000 trials being performed in all 50 US states and over 200 countries. It includes studies that are sponsored by drug companies and by academic medical institutions, including those sponsored by the government.

Learn How to Find Clinical Trials Using gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. Trials can be searched by disease, by type of therapy, and by location. It also contains general information about clinical trials.

Since the website includes so many studies, only a fraction of the clinical trials listed are gene or cell therapy studies. Therefore, the search function is useful to identify gene therapy trials of interest. To find a gene therapy trail use the advanced search. Enter gene therapy under other terms and specify the specific disease under conditions/disease to narrow the search. By selecting Recruiting under status field to narrow the search to trails that are still recruiting participants.


The National Institutes of Health maintains a detailed website of American clinical gene therapy trials being conducted at institutions that receive federal grant support. Searching GeMCRIS® will only yield results for studies taking place in the United States using federal funding. GeMCRIS® provides a unique resource that may contain information regarding scientific discussions of the clinical trial not otherwise available to the public. To best use GeMCRIS®, first find a clinical trial on then use GeMCRIS® to see if additional information is available on the trail you are interested in.

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National Cancer Institute 

For cancer trials, the National Cancer Institute also maintains a website that provides extensive resources for all types of cancer. This website maintains a searchable database of all cancer trials, including gene therapy trials. 



Clinical Trials FAQs

Learn about topics like informed consent and the safety and importance of clinical trials for gene and cell therapy.

Helpful Websites

Our list of resources helps put patients in touch with foundations and patient advocacy groups.

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