What is it like to participate in a study?

Clinical trials are a key part of the foundation for creating life-saving advancements in health care that depend on the participation of volunteers from all walks of life. You may be a perfectly healthy person or someone battling cancer, but your participation in research is vital to new discoveries.

Finding a clinical trial can be a daunting task

Here’s the reality: there are more than 200,000 clinical trials registered on the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials website throughout the United States and 191 countries.

Rare disease apps need a boost

For people with rare diseases, there are far fewer applications for iPhones or Android-based mobile devices than those with the most common diseases, according to a 2013 study by Borja Martinez-Perez of the University of Valladolid, Spain, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and simple web searches for internet apps.