Do I need insurance to participate?

No insurance is required to participate in a clinical trial.

How is my personal medical information protected?

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, "Your health information cannot be used for purposes not directly realted to your care without your permisson. For example, your doctor cannot give it to your employer, or share it for things like marketing and advertising, without your written authorization" (

What will be expected of me as a clinical volunteer?

Comply with study specific instructions given throughout the trial, cooperate with study staff and physician, and remaining active by keeping study appointments.

Will I be compensated?

Yes, compensation for time and travel will be provided; actual levels of compensation differ from trial to trial and will be discussed in detail during the Informed Consent Process.

What is placebo?

Placebo is an inactive substance that takes the place of a drug under study in a clinical trial.

What risks are involved in clinical research?

All medications carry risks and benefits. Potential participants undergo a thorough Informed Consent process to insure that risks - as they are known or foreseeable - are fully disclosed. However, not all risks can be anticipated, participants are carefully monitored throughout the study.

Why are clinical trials performed?

Without clinical trials, new treatments will not be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The safety and efficacy of an investigational product must be thoroughly tested before it is prescribed to the public.

Can children participate in clinical research?

Yes, children may participate in clinical research.