About Clinical Research Studies

Clinical research studies test investigational treatments to determine their safety and effectiveness before they’re made available to the general public. Studies are monitored by institutional review boards and/or ethics committees; patient safety is the top priority. These groups make sure that:

  • The rights of participants are protected
  • All known risks are outlined for participants
  • The study addresses important unanswered medical questions

People participate in clinical research studies for a variety of reasons. Some may participate because they want to learn more about their disease. Others volunteer to participate because they want to help researchers learn more about a disease to potentially help them and others in the future.

Taking part in this study is voluntary. You can decide to stop taking part at any time.