Clinical trials are research studies that study the effectiveness of new treatments. Did you know that researchers are looking for people like you to receive treatment in their clinical trials? Often, clinical trials provide world-class care and offer benefits like low or free treatment costs. Treatments that are being tested in clinical trials go through many rounds of testing before they are used to treat people. Learn more about participating in a clinical trial or about how treatments are tested in research.

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Diversity in clinical trials

Clinical trials for kidney disease should include participants who represent the people who have kidney disease all around the world. This helps make sure that new treatments are safe and work well for the people most likely to use them. Learn about the importance of diversity in clinical trials.

How do clinical trials work?

Did you know that it takes an average of 12 years for a prescription drug to make it from the beginning – an experiment in a laboratory – to its final destination, your pharmacy shelf? Before a new medicine, therapy, or method of preventing or diagnosing a disease can be approved for human use, it first must be tested by researchers for many years. The product is tested in a laboratory, and eventually makes its way to being tested in humans during clinical trials.

Are clinical trials safe?

Learn about the safeguards that are in place for those signing up for clinical trials.

Types of clinical trials

Learn about the different types of clinical trials like treatment trials, prevention trials, genetic trials, and more.

Am I eligible?

Learn how your age, gender, and whether you are a healthy or patient volunteer can determine whether you can join a clinical trial.

Phases of a clinical trial

Phases of clinical trials

Learn about the four phases of a clinical trial. Each phase helps move the study along, step by step. The purpose of a clinical trial could be to study a medicine, a therapy, or a method of preventing or detecting a disease.

Questions to ask treatment team

What questions should I ask the treatment team?

Know what questions you should ask the treatment team before deciding to join a clinical trial.


What happens during and after a clinical trial?

Learn what to expect before and after a clinical trial.

Medical terms

Important terms to understand

Understand important clinical trial terms such as placebo, bias, single-blind studies and more.