What is a clinical research study?

A clinical research study, also called a clinical trial, is a carefully controlled test of an investigational medicine or device to see how safely and effectively  it works on a group of volunteers. A research study may also involve researching new uses for an already approved medicine.

Before any medicine can be sold at a pharmacy or prescribed by a doctor, it must go through several phases of testing. It often takes thousands of volunteers to test a medicine or device. It may take up to sixteen years before a medication or device is actually approved by the FDA.

Why should you volunteer?

If you or someone you know has a medical condition that affects health or day-to-day life, volunteering for a clinical research study could be a chance to help develop new treatments for the future.

People choose to become volunteers because they often receive access to the latest medicine, regular study related medical check-ups, health information and time with the doctor and/or other health professionals. All of these benefits are typically at NO CHARGE to the volunteer.

To find out if you qualify for a study the research team will go over your medical history to see if you meet the eligibility criteria. They will then discuss with you the different studies and determine which one best suits you. Prior to any procedures, you will be given a consent form that provides a full description of the study, how long it lasts, its risk and benefits, the medical procedures involved and your rights as a volunteer.

Clinical research needs people like you. By taking part in a study you can help researchers discover new medicines that may benefit you, a family member, or a friend. Help us to achieve this goal. Volunteer today!