Clinical trials are at the heart of all medical advances. In order for researchers to learn more about treating, preventing and detecting medical conditions, study volunteers are needed to help test the efficacy and safety of newly developed treatments.

Treatments can include new drugs, surgical procedures, devices, or even new ways to use already approved treatments.

There are many potential benefits to participants of clinical trials. Here are the top five reasons for you to consider volunteering for a clinical trial:

1) Receive thorough and frequent care from medical professionals at no cost. No insurance is needed.
2) Learn more about your health and medical conditions, and take a more active role in your own medical decisions and treatments.
3) Potentially gain access to new treatments before the general public.
4) In many cases, receive compensation for time and travel while participating in the study.
5) Help the medical community learn more about potential treatments to detect, prevent and treat common diseases and conditions.
While it may seem scary to participate in research, there are many ways that research scientists, study doctors, the FDA and third-party ethics committees help keep volunteers safe. Close monitoring of your well-being and study-related care by study doctors and other healthcare professionals also help ensure your safety. Additionally, you will be fully informed of the potential risks and benefits of participating, so you can feel comfortable with your decision to volunteer, and you can always choose to stop participating at any time for any reason. Institutional review boards (IRBs), the FDA and the Office of Human Subjects Research Protection are all agencies that monitor a study’s ethics, safety and the participants’ rights.

Healthy volunteers of all ages are needed for a variety of research studies in your area.

Click below to find out more about study opportunities in your area!