Why Participate in Clinical Trials?
People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.
Institutional Review Board
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the interests of research participants. The IRB includes a group of individuals from varied disciplines who review, monitor, and approve research for the institution.