Aquiant Research Lab

How A Clinical Study Works

Nearly every clinical trial begins as an idea in the laboratory. Researchers test new therapies or procedures in laboratories and conduct studies first. Promising treatments move into clinical trials to gather information about the proposed treatment — especially risks and effectiveness.

For every clinical trial, a plan known as a protocol is designed to safeguard participants’ health and answer specific research questions. A protocol describes:

Clinical trials are sponsored or funded by various organizations or individuals, as well as federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To learn more or volunteer for a study, call 812.206.1702 or email