Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Trial?


A clinical trial is a carefully designed study that involves people who volunteer to receive investigational treatments under supervision of a research team.  Clinical trials are an important step in making new medications available.  They measure the drug's safety and ability to treat a medical condition.




Who can be enrolled in a clinical trial?


Each clinical research trial has different requirements for participants such as age, sex, or medical condition.  The research team will look at your medical history to find out if you are eligible to participate.




Why participate in a clinical trial?


Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important decision.  Some reasons people participate in clinical trials include:

  • Participating in the research process may lead to new therapies
  • Learning new information about your condition
  • To gain access to medications that are not otherwise available




Do I have to pay to participate?


No.  Participants do not have to pay to participate.  For most studies, participants are actually compensated for their time and travel expenses.