What is a clinical research study?

Clinical research studies are designed to help the medical community discover ways to understand, diagnose, prevent and treat disease.

They help us answer important clinical questions about investigational medications, such as:

  • How does this medication act in the body?
  • How will it affect certain diseases or conditions?
  • Is this medication safe for wider use?

To find the answers to questions like these, we need people to take part in the studies.

Thousands of volunteers all around the world participate in clinical research studies every year; they are motivated to enrol for many different reasons.

Independent institutional review boards (IRBs) and ethics committees (ECs) oversee all clinical studies. The IRBs/ECs role is to protect patients’ rights and ensure they are not exposed to unnecessary risks.

Why join a clinical research study?

It’s through research that new medicines can be developed; participation in a clinical study may help to advance medical knowledge, which ultimately could contribute towards improving treatment options for yourself and future generations.

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