Clinical research is critical to advancing care

We need help advancing research

By including more people in research, we can develop better treatments and tools, and make healthcare work for everyone. The problem is, only a small percentage of Americans are involved today. And many groups are underrepresented.

<10%

Of Americans join research

86%

Of studies fail to recruit enough people on time

10

Year average to get a new drug approved

Why research representation matters

Medicines can affect people differently based on various factors, like race, sex assigned at birth, age, and more. It is important to understand how medicines, devices, digital tools, and care delivery affect a broad range of people. However, in many areas, women and people of color are not equally included in research.

Diverse participants

Research populations don't reflect our communities

By making research more accessible to people of all backgrounds, we want to change that.

14%

Of study participants are Black

27%

Of participants in cardiovascular studies are women1

<2%

Of participants in studies conducted in the U.S. are Asian

1. According to a review of more than 250 studies

What you receive

Together, we can make a difference. Project Baseline was created to approach research in a new way: one that’s easy, engaging, and valuable for real people.

As a Baseline Explorer, you’re part of our team, helping researchers make discoveries. It feels good to do good! Plus, you will:

Join research that fits into your life

Find relevant studies and participate anytime, anywhere; on your own terms. You may also receive compensation.

Be the first to test new technology

Shape a new generation of devices, tools, aand technologies.

Learn by getting your data back

Learn about your own health and contribute to improving everyone's health.

FAQs

Project Baseline is an initiative to make it easy and engaging for people to contribute to [the map of human health and participate in] clinical research. Together with researchers, clinicians, engineers, designers, advocates, and volunteers like you, we're collaborating to discover the next generation of medicines, devices, digital tools, and care delivery.

Project Baseline was founded by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet focused on life sciences and healthcare. We partner with organizations like Duke University School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine, and our sister company Google to make clinical research opportunities more accessible. Learn more about our team. Our Project Baseline efforts began in 2017 with the Project Baseline Health Study.

Clinical research is a systematic, scientific process for making new discoveries about health. This can lead to the development of new treatments, diagnostics and preventive tools or strategies.

A clinical study involves human volunteers (participants) and is intended to advance medical knowledge. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies. A clinical trial involves testing preventive measures, treatments or diagnostics, whereas an observational study monitors participants over a period of time. Observational studies don’t involve testing experimental treatments or other interventions. More information on clinical studies is available here.

Clinical studies are closely monitored by regulatory bodies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and research participants have a number of legal protections. Before they can begin, studies must receive approval from an Institutional Review Board of medical experts who review the study to ensure it’s scientifically and ethically sound. Researchers are required by law to explain the benefits and risks of participation in a way that’s simple to understand. This is called informed consent.

As a research participant, you are entitled to informed consent to any research activity you choose to join. You may choose to withdraw that consent at any time.

If you are over 18 years old and live in the U.S., you are eligible to join Project Baseline. Eligibility requirements for specific clinical studies vary, so please refer to the study details page.

We hope that Project Baseline is not only a successful scientific and medical endeavor, but also a rewarding experience for you in a variety of ways.

By joining us, you will have an opportunity to join clinical research opportunities that match your interests. Such opportunities may also offer you a chance to test new technologies and devices, learn about your own health through return of results, or test treatments for a medical condition.

You will be part of the dedicated coalition working towards our mission. Your involvement matters, and we hope you are as excited as we are to take action and tackle the challenge of preventing and treating disease for future generations.

We will not share any information with your insurance or medical providers without your consent. You and your doctor will continue to make decisions about your care.

As a Project Baseline member, you may have the option to share information related to your health with Project Baseline, including self-reported data, data recorded by mobile devices or other sensors, and electronic health records. You may also have the opportunity to provide other medical information with your additional consent, for example biospecimens or data recorded by medical devices.

The information you provide will be stored in a secure, encrypted database with restricted access. Members of the Project Baseline team who need to contact you will have access to the contact information you choose to share. We may also share your information with other researchers and partners with your consent. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.

Your data will be used to:

  • Notify you about relevant opportunities and updates
  • Determine your eligibility for a study, and assist with your enrollment and conduct in studies
  • Provide insights about your health
  • Conduct and publish research on health and disease
    • Note: Any personally identifiable information will be removed before publication
  • Build new tools, technologies, products, and partnerships related to health and disease
  • Help improve Project Baseline overall

Each study operates with a unique study protocol. Study details pages will indicate whether your health data or results will be returned. Whenever possible, we do our best to give you access to your results.

Verily needs a way to authenticate users to appropriately protect their information. Verily turned to Google for this service because Google Account provides best in class authentication. We ask that you link to an existing Google Account or create a new Google Account (which can be done with any email address) for authentication purposes.

No, authenticating your account and authorizing us to use service providers does not authorize us to link your data with Google account data. We do not combine this data with an individual's Google account, and were we to ever wish to do so, individuals would need to provide separate and explicit consent.

We are committed to maintaining high privacy standards and keeping your data safe. Project Baseline follows federal and state regulations governing the collection and use of an individual's data, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Data is stored in advanced systems with best-in-class security and privacy protocols.