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Why Research Matters

In 1979 Dr. Robert Sherwin and Dr. William Tamborlane developed the insulin pump to treat type 1 diabetes. Today it’s used by more than 350,000 patients. Without volunteers like the children and their families who were willing to participate in clinical research, this groundbreaking discovery would not have been possible.

Discoveries like the insulin pump involve years of research in the laboratory, but they also involve people like you. Volunteering to take part in a clinical trial is an important and necessary step in the process of making sure new treatments are safe and effective.

Besides helping bring new medicines to patients who need them, clinical trials may also offer an opportunity to try new or experimental treatment options and make a valuable contribution to the advancement of medical knowledge.

At Yale, there are hundreds of clinical studies underway for a wide variety of conditions, including many for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Visit to learn more about participating in clinical research, search for trials for which you may be eligible, and create a personal profile.