Learn About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are scientific research studies that involve people. Their overall goal is to improve endocrine health and health care by answering specific questions about how to better prevent, detect, and treat endocrine diseases. Many of today’s most effective prevention and treatment methods were tested and proven in clinical trials and are now accepted as the “standard of care.”

Use the links below to obtain more information about clinical trials and endocrine health

A Patient’s Guide to Minority Participation in Clinical Trials
If clinical trials are to be useful to the entire U.S. population, people from all backgrounds and races need to participate. Learn more about why it is important for minorities to take part in clinical trials and how to volunteer.  The patient’s guide is a companion to The Endocrine Society’s document on Increasing Minority Participation in Clinical Research.

An Introduction to Clinical Trials
Find background information and terminology on clinical research for patients.

Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
CISCRP is an organization devoted to improving public participation in clinical trials by improving awareness and communication between trial conductors and participants.

The Value of Endocrine Research
Learn how research in cancer, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, and diabetes have made substantial contributions to health and the practice of medicine.

Program for Healthy Volunteers
The Clinical Research Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for healthy volunteers from around the world to participate in medical research studies. Healthy volunteers provide researchers with important information for comparison with people who have specific illnesses. Every year, nearly 3,500 healthy volunteers participate in studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH Clinical Alerts and Advisories
These clinical alerts expedite the release of findings from NIH-funded clinical trials when their release could significantly affect health.