Health research could not happen without patients and healthy volunteers who generously give up their time to take part in research. Each year, we support and care for thousands of volunteers to who help to find better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose and understand human disease.
People participate in trials and studies for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers might participate to help others. Participants with an illness or disease also take part to help others, but also to have the opportunity to receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from clinical staff.
Trials and studies offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others. In many cases, the research will not help you personally, but it may provide vital information that will help people in the future.