Become a Volunteer
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical Trial. Clinical Study. Research Study. They all mean the same thing - a scientific study that is done to test the effects of a medication, medical treatment, or device on a group of volunteers. Clinical Studies are an important step in making new medications available. They measure the new drug's ability to treat a condition, its safety and its possible side effects. Many studies are to obtain approval to use an older drug for a new use or for a new patient population. During a clinical trial the volunteer is carefully monitored and cared for by a research team including a physician (called a principal investigator) and a research coordinator.
Should I Volunteer?
Everyday, research uncovers new information about medical conditions and possible therapies. You and many other people may benefit from your willingness to become involved. The benefits of participating in a trial are numerous, but a few are:
- Your involvement in clinical studies could help in the development of new medications.
- You may receive investigational therapies before they are available to the general public.
- You are taking an active role in your health care.
- You will receive free study medications and comprehensive monitoring at no cost to you by participating in a clinical trial.
Medical Heros are Everywhere - CISCRP Video for Potential Volunteers
The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization representing study participants, has a video to help educate you about the clinical research experience. Click here to view the video.