Join a Study

Some people join health studies because they want to help other people or contribute to society. Others join because they want to play a role in discovering new knowledge, or because they feel a particular study might benefit them personally.

The friendly staff in our research clinic ensure that all volunteers fully understand and consent to any study before joining. Once you join a study, the staff carefully protect your confidentiality. They also strive to make your clinic visits pleasant as well as thorough.

Visit our recruiting page to learn more.

How Does Health Research Benefit You?

Many research studies cannot take place unless people volunteer as research participants. Health research:

  • Discovers the causes of disease and develops new treatments
  • Identifies the factors that increase disease risk and finds ways to reduce risks
  • Devises ways to help people change unhealthy habits and achieve or maintain good health
  • Develops ways to improve the quality and reduce the cost of medical care and to make health care accessible to more people
  • Provides accurate information to public policy makers

Health Research at the Center for Health Research (CHR)

CHR was founded in 1964 to conduct health research in the public interest. Our mission is to discover and advance knowledge to improve health.

Since 1964, CHR has received more than $250 million in research grants and contracts from federal agencies (National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, and National Institute of Mental Health, among others), and state agencies and private foundations. Since 1972, more than 75,000 people in the Portland-Vancouver area have volunteered for research studies at CHR.


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