Clinical Research Glossary

preclinical study preclinical study


A study to test a treatment in the lab or in animals before testing it in people.

Example of preclinical study in a sentence

A preclinical study is done to make sure the study treatment is safe enough to give to people.

More Info

If a study treatment has gone through preclinical studies, it means there was lab or animal testing before it was found to be safe enough to give to humans in a clinical trial.

Other info to think about when joining a study

Most studies involving investigational products are designed based on data from other studies, including preclinical studies.

If you are thinking about joining a clinical trial, you can ask about the results of the preclinical studies and why the research team thinks this investigational product can be used in humans.

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