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Learn about participating in research studies from the scientists who conduct them.

Sham study a blight on autism research

My Google homepage displays rotating quotations from well-known public figures. Last week, I read that famed American astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

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Studies vital to patient survival

I met one of the most memorable patients of my medical career in 1981 when I was an intern at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Her name was Wanda, a beautiful, skinny 7-year old with an aggressive form of acute leukemia that required frequent admissions to the hospital.

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Helping communities through research

Researchers give significant thought to the concerns of the people they are trying to recruit to participate in their studies. These are people with busy lives – jobs, families, hobbies, other volunteer opportunities, possibly health concerns. So there are many things that compete with a participant’s time, and the scientists who develop their studies take […]

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Making research safe

The 2010 publication of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot has rekindled interest among the general public about various issues surrounding the conduct of clinical research.

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Research, with benefits

Sometimes the extra medical attention received while participating in a research study can improve your health in unexpected ways.

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The other side of the table

For more than 20 years, I had been overseeing clinical trials and had enrolled hundreds of patients into research studies. However, I had never personally participated in a trial myself to see how it felt to be a study participant.

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Registry matches patients, scientists

I recently joined ResearchMatch, an Internet-based registry for people interested in participating in medical research studies.

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John Barnard, MD

Dr. John Barnard shares his stories and insight with Study Notes as an experienced clinical researcher. Dr. Barnard is president of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and has been conducting clinical research studies for more than 30 years.

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Meningitis research paid off, saved lives

When I was an intern almost 30 years ago, I took care of an 18-month-old boy with meningitis caused by a bacterium called Haemophilus influenza or simply, H. flu.

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Clinically Speaking

Learn more about participating in clinical research from the researchers themselves. Our experts talk about the importance of participating in clinical research, why things are done in certain ways, and what to expect as a participant.

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