Participate in Clinical Trials

Expand your treatment options while helping others.

When you participate in clinical research, you are at the forefront of helping make new medicines and therapies available to others later. Your participation is what makes these new treatments possible. Participating in a clinical trial can also be a powerful way for you to access cutting edge care — close to home — if you’re not seeing desired results with other treatments. Our providers are deeply involved in research and academic advancement. 

Novant Health offers clinical research opportunities not just in North Carolina’s large cities like Charlotte, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, but at clinics and hospitals all across the state.  

Be the first to access the latest innovative treatments, close to home.

Find a clinical trial near you.

Use the following research portal to find Novant Health's current clinical trials and their principal investigator. To join a clinical trial, speak with your doctor or contact us.

Contact Clinical Research.

Contact us to learn more about partnering with us as a clinical research participant, researcher, or sponsor, or to refer a potential research candidate.

What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are a type of clinical research. They are carefully controlled studies designed to answer specific scientific questions and test the safety and effectiveness of medications and medical devices to prevent, diagnose, or treat conditions. 

Each trial is different. Some trials study new drugs or devices or a combination therapy. What the trial process looks like depends on the kind of study being conducted. 

Clinical trials are what make new and improved treatments and therapies possible. Before new medicines and medical devices can be introduced to the public, they must be tested in clinical research studies involving humans. This is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement. Every medicine and device approved for use in the United States was first tested by volunteers like you in clinical trials.

Should I Participate in Clinical Trials?

Participation in a clinical trial is a highly personal choice. The Novant Health clinical research team will ensure you are prepared to make a well-informed decision. We also encourage you to talk with your care team, family, and loved ones to help you decide if a clinical trial is right for you.

Basic pre-trial questions you might ask the research team before deciding to participate include these and the following: 

  • What is this research about? 
  • How does this research help the treatment of my condition? 
  • Why am I an ideal candidate?
  • What happens at the end of this study?

Clinical research resources

The following external websites provide a wealth of information for prospective clinical trial participants.

Institutional Review Boards

Checks & balances for your peace of mind

Novant Health clinical research is governed by institutional review boards; each main research medical center has an institutional review board. Any clinical research we conduct involving volunteer participants must be reviewed and approved by an institutional review board. A medical center’s review board may defer review to external boards on a case-by-case basis. Each board’s mission is to: 

  • Protect the rights, dignity, privacy, and welfare of our medical research participants 
  • Ensure clinical trial participants are informed appropriately 
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards of conduct 

Institutional review boards are made up of experienced: 

  • Physicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Pharmacists 
  • Other Novant Health team members 
  • Community representatives


If you have questions about your rights as a Novant Health clinical research study participant, please contact the institutional review board. 

Committed to your health & success

Our research studies are fully compliant with Novant Health’s own policies and procedures as well as the following organizations’ guidelines. 

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Please report any concerns about a research program to the Novant Health Alert Line.

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Together, we can make history.

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