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What Is Clinical Research?

Clinical Research is a type of medical study that is performed on human volunteers. It is an essential form of research that is done to ensure that new medications are safe and effective, and to determine proper dosages. The most common method of conducting this research is with a group of people who participate in a Clinical Trial.

Clinical Trials

A Clinical Trial involves two or more people who have volunteered for a particular medical study. These Trials vary in length – some take only a day or two while others go on for multiple years. Not everyone who volunteers will be accepted; each person must meet specific requirements that are created for each Clinical Trial, and then go through physical exams and any other necessary medical procedures. This is done to ensure that it is completely safe for each person to participate in the research, and there is never any cost to the volunteer.


Clinical Trials are essential to the medical community because they are required before any new form of medication can be approved for distribution. Scientists are constantly looking for new methods to combat illnesses, cure diseases and improve the quality of life for terminal patients. Volunteers are always needed to advance the progress of medications that will help people and save lives. Many people sign up to help make these new medications available to patients who need them, and others join to try out a new drug that may improve a condition they are suffering from.

Joining a Trial

When you join a Clinical Trial you will be working with experienced professionals who are dedicated to your personal safety. They will work closely with you throughout the entire process to answer all of your questions and monitor any effects that the medication has on you. Every Trial is also regulated by guidelines created by the Food and Drug Administration and monitored by members of the Institutional Review Board to ensure that each participant is well cared for. The safety of everyone involved is the top priority, so if a medication is found to be harmful in any way the Trial will be stopped immediately.

Your Privacy

We protect the privacy of every volunteer we work with and will hold your medical information under the strictest confidence. Every person’s privacy is guaranteed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and we fully adhere to its guidelines.

After the Trial

A Clinical Trial is just one step in a long process to get any new medication approved. If the medication is shown to be safe and effective, a New Drug Application will be submitted to the FDA. The FDA will then review the application and thoroughly investigate the results of the Trial. In some cases more Trials may be required to study particular aspects of the medication. A new medication is only approved for the public when the FDA’s stringent requirements are met completely.


We realize you may have questions and concerns about volunteering, and we are here to assist you in any way possible. At Center for Clinical Research, Inc. we want you to feel confident and secure before joining any of our Clinical Trials. If we have not addressed any of your questions, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. You may email us at or call (800) 363-1069. Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to working with you to advance the cause of medical research.