A clinical trial is a research study performed in people that is aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. Most clinical trials test a new treatment to find out if it is safe and effective in people. There are many reasons people choose to join a clinical trial. Learn more about the benefits of participating in clinical research.
Interested in clinical research? Learn about the difference between clinical studies and clinical trials, and the phases of clinical trials for FDA approval.
Find out why people participate in clinical trials, what happens in a trial, and how you can find a trial to join.
Learn why it's important for older and diverse adults to participate in research and why you should talk to the trial coordinator about obstacles and concerns.
Explore the benefits and risks of clinical trials, as well as ways participant safety is protected, including institutional review boards and informed consent.
Are you thinking about participating in a clinical trial? Explore these questions to ask when you meet the research team.
Learn about volunteering for Alzheimer's disease research and why it matters.
In undertaking a clinical trial, researchers don’t want to leave anything to chance. The “gold standard” for testing interventions in people is the “randomized, placebo-controlled” clinical trial.
How can you help Alzheimer’s and other dementia/brain research? Join a registry or matching service. NIH and others match volunteers with clinical studies.
Get help recruiting older adults and caregivers to research studies with this toolkit from the NIH, CDC, and ACL. Includes presentations and flyers.