Pay It Forward: Volunteering for a Clinical Trial

Getting medical discoveries from the research lab to patients depends on clinical trials and the people who volunteer to participate in them.   Volunteering in a trial may help society at large by bringing new treatments one step closer to patients, and could help a loved one if you have a genetic disease or condition.  Volunteering may also give you access to a cutting-edge treatment and medical team that carefully monitors your health.  But clinical trials can’t happen without volunteers, and 37% of trials don’t enroll enough patients to move forward.  Clinical trials need volunteers like you so watch the short film below to find out more about why they are important, how to get involved, and what it means to participate.

Additional Resources

This database of clinical trials conducted around the world, is a service of the National Institutes of Health. Search for a clinical trial by disease, geography, and more.

A resource for clinical trial sponsors, this network aims to improve the representation of diverse populations, including African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanics, in clinical trials.

The primary mission of this coalition of organizations is to advocate for the creation of a federally sponsored public awareness campaign to increase the public’s understanding of the benefits of clinical trials.


CISCRP is a non-profit dedicated to educating and information the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media, and policymakers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shares great educational resources on what patients need to know as they consider participation in clinical trials.

Access important resources from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, designed for older adults thinking about, and participating in clinical trials. Resources include toolkits, an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial finder, and a tip sheet in English, Spanish, and Chinese.