Clinical Research is for Everyone

  • Aging

    The fastest and safest way to determine whether new treatments work is through clinical research. Older people are underrepresented in clinical research because most treatments used to treat older patients are studied in younger people. Doctors have to draw conclusions from these studies when treating older patients, many of whom may have multiple conditions. Some conditions may also affect older people differently. It’s important for scientists to be able to study these conditions in older people in order to develop effective treatments.
  • Research for Children's Health

    Yale’s outstanding doctors and scientists actively study diseases to develop new treatments for improving children’s health. Children are not small adults and medicines may act differently in their bodies. It’s important to test new treatments in children of all ages. Clinical research is the fastest and safest way to explore new therapies and find out if they work.

  • Minorities

    Human beings are very much alike. Only one-tenth of one percent of our genes varies from one person to the next. But even though we are very similar, illnesses – and the medications that treat them – affect each of us differently, depending on our gender, age, health, ethnicity and race.

    It’s important to test new treatments in different groups of people in order to understand what treatments work best for them. The best way to know that a particular medicine is right for someone is to test it in similar people.
  • Women's Health and Clinical Trials

    The fastest and safest way to determine whether new treatments work is through clinical research. Traditionally, fewer women than men have participated in clinical research. However, some treatments may work differently in women than men. It’s important for women to participate in clinical research order to help scientists understand gender differences in health and disease.

Opting Out of Research

There are three ways to opt out of clinical research at Yale. Learn more.