Clinical Trials

Current sickle cell studies

Visit UCSF Clinical Trials to view a list of our current sickle cell studies.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a kind of research that involves treatment and people. Clinical trials help researchers answer questions such as:

  • Is a new treatment or medical device safe?
  • Does the new treatment do what it is supposed to do?
  • Is the new treatment better than a current treatment?
  • Which patients benefit the most from the new treatment?

Clinical trials are done in steps called phases. At each phase, researchers try to answer a different question. Each phase needs a different set of participants, so a participant joins only one trial at a time.

Visit UCSF Clinical Trials to learn how clinical trials work.


Clinical Trials team