Medical research to find new treatments is a complex process that spans both basic scientific endeavors and major clinical studies, including those designed to determine the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, medical devices and diagnostic tests.

A major challenge for both areas has been the inclusion of women in clinical research and female animals in basic research. Despite regulations and industry practices now guiding appropriate equality for the inclusion of women and female animals in research, concerns remain that such practices are still not being followed, either due to ignorance or concerns about increased costs. This means that many therapies are not specifically studied in women.

This is why HealthyWomen believes ongoing education and vigilance about public and private research is important.

To help women access clinical trials for cancers we have established a navigator system. Learn more about it here.

To search for clinical trials for other diseases and conditions, visit