At the heart of every medicine in your cabinet are thousands of volunteers just like you who have taken part in special research studies called clinical trials. In fact, when you decide to take part in paid clinical trials, you are helping advance modern medicine itself, potentially improving or even saving lives for decades to come.
The development of an innovative new treatment is often a lengthy and costly process – all treatments will have previously undergone rigorous testing in the laboratory before progressing onto testing in humans.
A clinical trial is a term used to describe the testing of a new treatment or medical device to evaluate whether the drug or device is effective and safe for people to use. Other terms often used to describe paid clinical trials are drug studies, clinical research studies, or drug research.
Paid clinical trials are carried out under the strict supervision of fully qualified doctors, nurses, and other health professionals and all trials must first be approved by an Independent Review Board (IRB). IRBs comprise both laypersons and professionals – their main concern is safeguarding the interests of the participants.
Our research center is under the direction of Terri Vittitow, R.N., CCRP, and several board-certified physicians. Terri Vittitow is experienced in research management, has 18 years of experience in clinical trials, and has been a Registered Nurse for over 28 years. Our physicians are specialized in varied clinical areas such as Cardiology, Dermatology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
By volunteering for a GLRG clinical research study, you are not only helping to benefit the wider community through the development of better medicines, but you’ll also be paid for your time and any inconvenience.
Deciding to take part in a clinical trial is a deeply personal decision for you and your family. Many volunteers take part to find potential new treatments for a specific condition. Others do it to help advance modern medicine for others in the future. Whatever your reason, your health and safety are always the top priority of any study.