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Medical Research & Clinical Trials

We’re at the forefront of life-changing research

Collaboration and Innovation That Impacts Human Health

The research teams across Beth Israel Lahey Health work to improve disease outcomes and the quality of life for people with all types of health conditions. We strive to quickly turn our lab discoveries into diagnostic tools and medical devices, medicines and therapies that positively impact your health.

Our faculty and researchers lead thousands of clinical trials and research studies designed to improve your health. We also share our findings to expand medical knowledge by routinely publishing studies in scientific journals such as Cell, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine and Science.

It's our goal to use what we learn to change how we deliver treatment and improve how you experience care.

Types of Medical Research

Research transforms our understanding of disease and genetic changes and how our bodies respond to them.

Types of research we conduct include:

  • Basic – This approach focuses on acquiring new knowledge. Basic research lays the groundwork that raises questions to be answered in further studies.
  • Translational – This research is "bench-to-bedside" work. We take what we learn from basic and clinical research and transform it into treatments and devices that advance patient care.
  • Clinical – This research explores health and disease in people. It teaches us the best ways to diagnose, manage, prevent and treat illness.
Forms of Clinical Research

Clinical research takes different forms, including:

  • Behavioral studies – Research to understand how human behavior impacts health and disease.
  • Clinical trials – Tests and studies to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a new device, medicine, therapy or treatment.
  • Epidemiological studies – Investigators study the causes, effects and patterns of health and disease in different groups of people.
  • Observational studies – To gain more knowledge, researchers monitor aspects of human health or natural relationships without intervention or manipulation.
How Translational Research Works

Translational research is used to prevent, cure and eradicate human disease through accelerated translation of research from "bench-to-bedside." This dynamic process brings innovations made in our labs directly to our clinical patients by "translating" discoveries made by researchers into leading-edge therapies and medicines to drive extraordinary care.

Through robust industry partnerships, external funding and philanthropic support, Beth Israel Lahey Health invests in translational research to quickly develop diagnostics and therapeutics designed to improve the health of our patients and communities

How Precision Medicine Works 

Precision medicine strives to create personalized treatment plans for patients based on their unique circumstances and individual molecular profile. For example, by understanding how your body breaks down a specific medicine, we can prescribe specialized therapeutics.

Our researchers use translational research to manage a wide array of conditions in a wide array of conditions including cancer and infectious diseases. 

Clinical Trials: Setting New Standards of Care

When you volunteer for a clinical trial, you improve health care for yourself and your community. You also help doctors and scientists learn more about how the body and mind work.

People take part in clinical research for different reasons, including:

  • Gaining access to leading-edge experimental treatment or therapy
  • Advancing scientific learning
  • Contributing as a healthy volunteer
  • Furthering our understanding of a specific health condition
  • Helping others

Researchers across Beth Israel Lahey Health contribute to thousands of clinical trials across nearly all medical specialties. We have a variety of open studies for patients, including cancer and diabetes treatments, investigational drug therapies and innovative surgical techniques.

Clinical trials lead to innovative advances, such as multi-modal pain therapy and early mobilization after joint surgery. These approaches are now best practices that lead to shorter hospital stays and excellent patient experiences and recovery.

Our Research Centers

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Mount Auburn Hospital
Mount Auburn Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital

Our Clinical Trials

The robust offerings of available clinical trials at Beth Israel Lahey Health allow you to take part in the research discovery process.

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