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NIH Clinical Research Trials and You
Office of the Director - February 24, 2012
The National Institutes of Health has launched NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, a new Web resource to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.
Clinical research is essential to learning about ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. NHLBI-sponsored clinical trials have, for example, increased our understanding of the most effective asthma treatment combinations and revealed an unexpected, increased risk for stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer in postmenopausal women who took hormone therapy.
Participation in clinical trials is critically important to advance medical discoveries. Clinical studies need both healthy volunteers and people who have medical conditions; without them, the necessary rigorous studies that promote the nation's health and safety cannot be conducted.
Among the greatest challenges to recruiting volunteers is a lack of general knowledge about what clinical trials involve, where they are carried out, and who can participate. The new NIH website is intended to answer these questions and more. The site provides useful information for members of the public, health care providers, advocacy groups, and others to raise awareness and increase understanding about clinical research.
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In this video, NHLBI grantee Dr. Edwin Silverman of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston talks about COPD Gene, which he runs with Dr. James Crapo of National Jewish Health in Denver, and about the importance of participation in clinical studies.