Participating in Clinical Research
Interested in joining a clinical research trial?
By participating in clinical research you won’t just be receiving cutting edge therapies before they’re released to the public – you’ll be furthering research to help future patients suffering from the same disorders you have today.
If you qualify for one of our studies, study related care and medications will be provided at no cost and you will be compensated for your time and travel.
What is a clinical research study?
- A research study involving human volunteers is conducted to answer specific health questions.
- Carefully conducted clinical research studies are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people and new ways to improve health.
- Research studies are conducted according to a plan called a protocol.
- A protocol describes what types of patients may enter the study; schedules of tests and procedures, drugs, dosages, and length of study, as well as outcomes that will be measured.
- Each person participating in the study must agree to follow the protocol.
Why are research studies conducted?
- To see if a new drug or device is safe and effective for people to use.
- To compare existing treatments to determine which is better.
- To study different ways to use standard (approved) treatments, so they will be more effective, easier to use, and/or decrease side effects.
- To learn how to best use the treatment in a different population, such as children, in whom the treatment was not previously tested.
How are participants protected?
- To protect the rights and welfare of clinical research participants, U.S. Federal Agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) & the National Institutes of Health (NIH) oversee much of the medical research in the U.S.
- Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) oversee the centers where clinical research studies are conducted.
- IRBs review and approve study protocols to ensure that a clinical trial is ethical and that volunteers’ rights are protected.
- A participant in a clinical trial has access to the IRB that is overseeing the research and access to a volunteer advocate, the physician and staff conducting the trial.
- Federal agencies inspect individuals and institutions conducting research. They also inspect IRBs.
- Some IRBs are accredited much like hospitals can be “accredited” and some research investigators and staff are “certified” as research professionals.
What are some of the possible benefits of my participation?
- Gain access to potentially new research treatments.
- Receive expert medical care for the condition being studied, since investigators are often specialists in the disease area being studied.
- Help others by contributing to medical research and treatment advances.
- Receive financial reimbursement for time and travel.
What are some of the possible risks of my participation?
- There may be unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects resulting from the treatment.
- The treatment may not be effective.
- Participation in the trial may be demanding and time consuming.
“It has been a great experience. Everyone is really nice and it feels like they really want you to get better. Everyone is professional and caring. I never had fears before enrolling, the only thing going through my mind was if it was going to work or not. You should definitely participate.“Adam F.
“They are caring and understanding people. They explain what they are doing where I can understand what they are doing every step of her treatment. It has been such a help in controlling my daughter’s eczema. I would do it again.”C.P.
“Everyone is very nice and understanding. It may get tiring but its worth it in the end.”B.P.