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What are the Benefits and Risks?

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Will a clinical trial cure me?

The unknown element inherent in clinical trials a big factor to consider. You may get better, you may see no change, or you may get worse. Your participation in the study will determine whether a treatment is effective or not. Weighing the potential benefits and risks involved in a clinical trial is a very important part of deciding whether to participate.


  • Gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available
  • Obtain expert medical care at leading health care facilities during the trial
  • Help others by contributing to medical research
  • Play an active role in your own health care
  • You may be among the first to benefit if the approach being studied is found to be helpful


  • Side effects may be unpleasant, serious or life-threatening
  • The experimental treatment may not be effective for the participant
  • The protocol may require more time and attention than would a non-protocol treatment, including trips to the study site, more treatments, hospital stays or complex dosage requirements

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Last modified: Jul 26, 2018
Your Safety

• Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) was developed to ensure the rights, safety and welfare of participants recruited or enrolled in research projects.

•The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in protecting the rights, welfare and well being of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

How to Join a Clinical Trial

Would you like to talk to someone about participating in research at the Clinical Research Center?

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