Kidney Disease Research Updates
New NIH Clinical Trial Website Launched for Public, Health Care Providers
From NIDDK Director’s Update
The NIH has a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate. From the first cure of a solid tumor with chemotherapy to the use of nitroglycerin for heart attacks, clinical research trials—or research studies involving people—have played a vital role in improving health and quality of life for people around the globe.
Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Research has shown that among the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers is the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate.
“The ability to recruit the necessary number of volunteers is vital to carrying out clinical research that leads to health and medical advances,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “This new, centralized resource will make it much easier for the public and health professionals to learn about clinical trials and how people can participate in them.”
The website is at www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials.
NIH Publication No. 13–4531
Page last updated January 31, 2013