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About Clinical Research

Clinical research is a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or relieving symptoms of a particular disease.

Why is Clinical Research important?

There has not been a new FDA approved drug for Alzheimer's disease in over 10 years.

The development of new medical treatments and cures would not happen without clinical research, and the active role of research participants. Behind every discovery of a new medication or treatment are thousands of people who were involved in the clinical research. Thanks to the advances in medical care and public health, we now live on average 10 years longer than in the 1960s, and 20 years longer than in the 1930s.

Reasons to consider participating

  • You can make a difference! Clinical studies are the engine that powers medical progress. Scientists work constantly to find better ways to treat diseases. Improved treatments can never become a reality without the participation of patients. No one ever chooses to become ill, but anyone can consider helping to advance knowledge about an illness affecting them or someone close to them.
  • There is reason for optimism about experimental treatments. No investigational treatment advances to clinical testing unless there is strong evidence it will be as good, or better than currently available therapies.
  • Participants receive a high standard of care. Research shows that people involved in studies tend to do somewhat better than people in a similar stage of their disease who are not enrolled. Scientists believe this advantage may be due to the general high quality of care provided during clinical studies.

Your personal experience could help shape clinical trials.