Medical research needs to use its own language sometimes, but there is nothing mysterious about these words and concepts. They can all be explained in a simple and user-friendly way.
Several  glossaries are already available online. ECRAN has selected some of the better ones for you:



  1. Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
  2. Bandolier, an independent journal about evidence-based healthcare, written by Oxford scientists
  3. Centrewatch. Overview of Clinical Trials.
  4. AIFA, Italian Medicines Agency.
  5. MRC Clinical Trials Unit
  6. National Cancer Institute.
  7. NIHR Clinical Research Network.
  8. Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institutes. Basic about clinical Trials.
  9. U.S. National Institutes of Health.
  10. IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal.


  1. Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco: Come nasce un farmaco.
  2. Partecipasalute: Glossario della ricerca clinica.
  3. Saperidoc: Valutare le prove di efficacia.
  4. Euro Stem Cell. Che cos’è un trial clinico?
  5. Associazione Italiana Malati di Cancro, parenti e amici. Gli studi clinici sul cancro.
  6. La ricerca contro la SMA. Capire i trial clinici


  1. IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal.
  2. Euro Stem Cell


  1. Deutsches Netzwerk Evidenzbasierte Medizin e.V. [pdf]
  2. Deutsches Register Klinischer Studien [pdf]
  3. The Klinikum Nürnberg Glossary [pdf]
  4. IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal.
  5. Myeloma Euronet
  6. GLOSSAR ZUR BIOSTATISTIK in klinischen Studien
  7. Horten-Zentrum für praxisorientierte Forschung und Wissenstransfer


  1. National Cancer Institute. (just the section different cancer types)
  2. IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal
  3. Euro Stem Cell


  1. Euro Stem Cell


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