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Researchers at Yale University and the Yale Diabetes Center are at the forefront of medical research. The insulin pump is just one example (click here to learn more about other diabetes treatments). Yale University has many cutting edge research studies. Learn more about opportunities to participate in research studies at Yale University.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a research study?

There are many different types of research studies. A researcher may study or look at a drug, a device, a questionnaire or an intervention to better understand diseases, create new treatments or understand how people think and behave. Research studies can be done to answer a variety of questions. Is this new drug safe and effective at treating diseases? Does this new machine help monitor, detect, or treat a disease? Can quality of life be improved if a different treatment is used? These are just a few examples of how research can help us better understand diseases and their treatments.

Why volunteer for a research study?

By participating in a research study you are able to gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available. You may also be one the first to benefit from new treatments being studied. You are also able to obtain care from specialists at a leading healthcare facility while participating in a study. By participating in a research study you are able to help others in the future.

What happens in a research study?

Most studies are done to test new drugs, devices or answer questions about a diseases and how it may affect the individual with the disease. Many drug studies require that neither the patient nor the doctor know whether the patient is receiving the study treatment, the standard treatment (the treatment you would receive form your doctor if you were not participating in the study), or a placebo (an inactive substance that looks like the drug being tested).

The first thing that usually happens to participate in a restudy it that you speak with a member of the research team to learn more about the study you may interested in participating in.

Questions to ask before you decide to participate:

The Study:

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What treatment, medical tests, or procedures will be completed during the study?
  • Why do the researchers think that this study may be effective and has it ever been tested before?
  • Who is providing the money to conduct the study?
  • Who has reviewed and approved the study?
  • How are the study results and safety of participants being monitored?
  • How long will the study last?

Possible risks and benefits:

  • What are the possible short/long term benefits?
  • What are the possible short/long term risks, such as side effects?
  • What other treatment options are available?

Other Research Study Opportunities

If you are interested in participating or learning more about Research Studies currently being conducted at Yale University, please go to the Yale Center for Clinical Investigations Research Study site at http://yalestudies.org/find/.

If you are interested in learning more about research studies being conducted nation-wide including here at Yale University, please go to http://clinicaltrials.gov/.