Volunteering for clinical trials

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Medical advances and therapies that benefit millions of people can only be realized thanks to the patient volunteers who participate in clinical trials: you too can help by enrolling in a study near you.

A clinical trial is a research study in which volunteers receive investigational treatments under the supervision of a physician and other research professionals. These treatments are usually developed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who select qualified physicians to carry out the clinical trials. The trials, designed to determine the benefits of these potential new therapies, are usually conducted in three phases (I, II, III). While only a small number of people participate in phase I trials, the later phases involve a larger number of volunteers.

Find osteoporosis-, osteopenia- and osteoarthritis-related trials in your country

Currently there are more than 1400 clinical trials worldwide which are related to osteoporosis, osteopenia, and osteoarthritis alone. Below are links to information about the clinical trials that are seeking patient volunteers, listed according to country and city on the CenterWatch website, an online resource for clinical trials information. The resource is designed to help patients find clinical trials that may be of interest to them, and to help them contact the centers conducting the research.

Volunteering? Be sure to make an informed decision

When considering volunteering for a clinical trial, it is important to make an informed decision. CenterWatch provides patient resources that will give you important information about what to expect if you are considering participating in a clinical trial. The resources include answers to the frequently asked questions that many potential volunteers may have, and important information regarding informed consent.

IOF CEO Judy Stenmark, said,

We know that researchers worldwide are working to find new and better ways to prevent and treat the serious musculoskeletal diseases that cause disability and loss of quality of life in so many older adults. It is important to remember that they can’t do it alone. The development of safe and effective new therapies is only possible with the essential participation of patient volunteers in clinical trials.”

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About CenterWatch
CenterWatch first launched the Clinical Trials Listing Service™ in 1994 to assist patients in finding and volunteering for clinical trials and to help sponsors and clinical research investigators reach and recruit patients online. At present, more than 1.8 million unique patients visit the CTLS™ annually. Additionally, patients can register for CenterWatch’s free Patient Notification Service to receive email alerts when new trials are posted in medical conditions or locations of interest.
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