A clinical trial (also clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions.
Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and ways to improve health.
Every clinical study must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee to make sure the risks are as low as possible and that the rights of participants are protected.
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Using inclusion/exclusion criteria is an important principle of medical research that helps to produce reliable results.
For a treatment or drug to be used commercially, it has to go through 4 phases that can last years in analysis and studies.
If the drug successfully passes through Phases I, II, and III, it will usually be approved by the national regulatory authority for use in the general population.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial that is currently open and see if you qualify for any of them, you can go to this link.
All study participants have the right to discontinue participation and leave the study at any time and for any reason, with no penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.