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Paying It Forward: Volunteering for Clinical Trials
Editor’s Note: This blog and video is from the Alliance for Aging Research. The Alliance for Aging Research is dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.
Getting medical discoveries from the research lab to patients depends on clinical trials and the people who volunteer to participate in them. Volunteering in a trial may help society at large by bringing new treatments one step closer to patients, and could help a loved one if you have a genetic disease or condition. Volunteering may also give you access to a cutting-edge treatment and medical team that carefully monitors your health. But clinical trials can’t happen without volunteers, and 37% of trials don’t enroll enough patients to move forward. Clinical trials need volunteers like you so watch this short film to find out more about why they are important, how to get involved, and what it means to participate.