Clinical study. Clinical trial. Clinical protocol. They all mean the same thing--a scientific study of how a new medicine or treatment works in people. Through clinical studies, doctors find new and better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control, and treat illnesses. If you are interested in knowing about on-going clinical research studies, try one of these sites -
TrialsCentral.gov (http://clinicaltrials.gov//) ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
John Hopkins University Health and Medicine Research (http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/research/health_medicine_research/) combines medical education with unsurpassed patient care, and is a leader in research from basic to translation.
Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/) improves health care, offers new solutions and hope for patients. Mayo Clinic conducts basic, translational, clinical and epidemiological research at its three campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
National Institute of Health - NIH (http://www.nih.gov/science/) Is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body system.