Our mission is to offer individuals the opportunity to participate in clinical research by managing scientifically feasible and ethical clinical trials.
Why should I consider volunteering?
Clinical studies that are well-executed and well-designed are a good approach for eligible volunteers to:
Take an active role in your healthcare and improve your quality of life.
Obtain access to new investigational treatments
Help other individuals by contributing to research
Frequently Asked Questions
A clinical trial is also called a research study. Under the supervision of a medical doctor and other research professionals, volunteers receive investigational treatments. These investigational treatments are made by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. These companies work with qualified physicians, also referred to as investigators, to oversee clinical trials to establish the benefits of investigational drugs.
In a clinical trial, a participant is usually assigned to a study group. Participants in one study group may receive a placebo while other participants may receive an investigational treatment.
A placebo is defined as an inactive product used to evaluate the experimental treatment’s helpfulness. The participant, research staff, and physician may not know which participant receives a placebo and which receives the real treatment. Not knowing which volunteers are receiving the real treatment allows the research staff and physician to impartially observe the participants during the study. In spite of which treatment participants receive, however, the level of medical care and attention that they receive is the same.
This decision is entirely up to you. There are a number of reasons why people participate in a clinical study:
- Some participants have a medical diagnosis that is being managed effectively but wish to help scientists find out more about it so that new treatments can be developed.
- It is possible that there is not a current treatment for a particular disease, or that the existing treatment has difficult side effects. Volunteering in a clinical study could offer treatment options that may otherwise be unavailable.
- People sometimes choose to volunteer for a study even if it does not help them directly. For them, knowing that others could benefit from their efforts is rewarding.