Research Volunteers: The Gift of Medical Advances

The power and impact of volunteers tackling some of the most significant issues in our society resonates a little louder this month. April is National Volunteer Month, and its purpose is simple. We are recognizing and thanking those making a difference in their communities and inspiring others to serve. Indeed, there are many ways to give back to the multitude of causes. However, we’d like to spotlight the research volunteers whose contributions make the gift of medical advances possible.

Clinical Trial Basics

A lot of medical conditions lack effective treatment options for their medically diverse patient base. Others need additional options that cover their varying patient base. Scientists and researchers work to cover these gaps by learning more about the condition and designing potential new treatment options. Each must meet initial efficacy and safety standards in a lab before it can move to clinical trials. Clinical trials help determine the safety and effectiveness of investigational therapies while interacting with the human body.

After the completion of all phases, The FDA reviews the data for approval or denial. Every investigational therapy, drug, or device goes through this process.

Clinical Trial Volunteers

The FDA oversees every trial, and each must follow ethical practice guidelines the law governs. Volunteers are selected based on study parameters that detail the ideal participant. Before enrolling, a volunteer is taken through the informed consent process. It ensures each participant has all the information they need to make an educated and informed decision. During this time, the study’s purpose, any potential risks and benefits, number of visits, and other details are given.

Volunteers help make medical advancements possible.

Trials are 100% voluntary, and individuals can stop at any time. Volunteers make medical advances possible. Their unique role in helping future generations is a lasting benefit every volunteer proudly enjoys. Additional benefits may include:

  • Learning more about your condition so you can better care for yourself.
  • Receive care by study physicians that is often more frequent than what’s standard.
  • May gain access to new therapies not available to the public.
  • Compensation for time and travel.

Volunteer for National Volunteer Month

You can help advance medicine

Celebrate National Volunteer Month by joining one of the events happening this month or volunteering for a worthy cause. We hope you will consider becoming a research volunteer with us at Florida Institute for Clinical Research. To learn more about enrolling opportunities, call (407) 658-0966, or visit our website.


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