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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. 

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What Are Clinical Trials and Studies?

Interested in clinical research? Learn about the difference between clinical studies and clinical trials, and the phases of clinical trials for FDA approval.
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Why Are Placebos Important?

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.
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Registries and Matching Services

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.
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