Leading NLGA in 2017
The Officers and Executive Committee will lead NLGA in the “State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative.” And, NLGA is in a national search for an Associate Director. Click here for full Position Posting.read more
A clinical trial is a careful process to test a new procedure, drug, or device to prevent, screen for, treat, or improve quality of life surrounding a disease. The testing is done with people who volunteer for issues from food allergies, asthma, or arthritis to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, or many others.
A clinical trial may not only benefit the patient volunteer, but may also benefit future patients by helping further medical innovations positively impacting all people – possibly your family, friends, and future generations.
Too many studies end early because there aren’t enough volunteers. This delays medical discovery and contributes to the increasing cost of health care. Minorities, including women, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans, are underrepresented now in clinical trials.
Across all diseases, 85% of trials unfortunately face delays and 30% never get off the ground because of a lack of volunteers, resulting in dramatic slowdowns toward cures. – The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Volunteering for a clinical trial may offer hope to you when standard treatments fail, or none exist. Participants in a clinical trial receive experimental treatments that may or may not have a beneficial effect on diseases or disorders from which they are suffering. A clinical trial may not only benefit the patient, but may also benefit future patients by helping further medical innovations positively impacting all people – possibly your family, friends, and future generations. Through your clinical trial participation, you may “Be the Cure” helping bring better medical discoveries to all people faster.
The bottom line in deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial is this: Know and understand what a clinical trial is, ask for details of the clinical trial or trials you are considering, find out what risk there may be, and know your obligations, opportunities, and rights as a participant.
While your participation is very important to medical discovery, it has to be right for you. It is your choice. Discuss participating in a clinical trial with your doctor and with your family, friends and support network.
Looking at the bigger picture, one of the greatest obstacles to developing better treatments and preventions for Alzheimer’s is recruiting and retaining clinical trial participants. – Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer
If you are ready to enroll in a clinical trial, ask your doctor or care provider about whether a clinical trial may be right for you and for assistance in finding a clinical trial. Search for ongoing and planned clinical trials online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.ClinicalTrials.gov. You can enroll to participate at one of these sites: www.researchmatch.org and/or www.joinimin.org.
Continue to discuss your journey to ‘Be the Cure’ with your doctor, care providers, clinical trial leader, your family, friends, and support network.