Clinical trials, or clinical studies, are medical research studies in which people participate as research volunteers. There are some clinical trials that help researchers understand how a disease or disorder progresses through a person's life.
Clinical trials are also a means of developing treatments, medications, or new approaches for dealing with diseases and conditions.
There are strict rules for clinical trials, which are monitored by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To participate in a trial at the NIH Clinical Center, there must be a trial currently underway and you must meet the requirements for the trial to become a research volunteer.
Once you know that there is a trial that you can join, you should learn more about the trial and the benefits and risks. For questions regarding participation that you might want to consider, visit: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/childrenandclinicalstudies/questionsconsider.php
About the NIH Clinical Center
The NIH Clinical Center is America's Research Hospital. In addition to being the largest hospital in the United States devoted entirely to clinical research, the NIH Clinical Center makes it possible to turn discoveries from the laboratory into new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.
Throughout the years there have been many groundbreaking treatments and procedures pioneered at the NIH Clinical Center, including: chemotherapy, artificial mitral heart valve replacement surgery, use of immunotherapy to treat cancer, treatment of AIDS with AZT, gene therapy, and countless others.
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