Clinical Trials

Who Conducts Clinical Studies?

The principal investigator, who is often a medical doctor leads the clinical study. Clinical studies also have a research team that may be comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals.

Clinical studies can be sponsored, or funded, by pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, voluntary groups, and other organizations, in addition to Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Doctors, other health care providers, and other individuals can also sponsor clinical research.


The above information is provided by the center for information and study on clinical research participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and patients in the clinical research process ciscrp.org/. Information also provided by clinicaltrials.gov, a service of the National Institute of Health. Additional resources for information and frequently asked questions about clinical trials for patients and their families can be found at: