We all suffer from sickness in one form or another throughout our lifetime. Some diseases are more serious than others, but whether you are suffering from the common cold or cancer, we all go to the doctor at some point hoping that they can make us better. The medical world has grown from the days of treating people with cocaine if they were sick or a lobotomy for those suffering from mental illness.
Thankfully things are significantly different today. We have medicine for many conditions and illnesses, while doctors and scientists are constantly trying to find more effective treatments. When working on advancing medical treatments, they have to test them somehow to measure the effectiveness of the treatment. This is when doctors need to utilize voluntary clinical trials with human participants. Companies like the Investigative Clinical Research Group perform voluntary clinical trials constantly so they can see if the new treatment will work.
Last year the world was hit with the Corona Virus, COVID-19, and we lost a lot of people to the disease. Day after day doctors and scientists worked tirelessly to find a vaccine or treatment for the virus. We have vaccines for the flu, hepatitis, and many other diseases, so we had confidence that the medical community would come up with a solution. Before the vaccine could be distributed around the world, clinical trials had to be performed.
A clinical trial is a research study using volunteers designed to learn more about how our bodies respond to drugs or other treatments. Volunteers are essential to the clinical trial process. Without volunteers, there would be no way to effectively test possible vaccines and treatments.
As the COVID-19 pandemic went around the world, clinical trials needed to be performed to test the effectiveness of the vaccine, and also to see how it affected different groups of people with various health conditions and ethnic backgrounds. Clinical trials had to be performed thoroughly in order to advance knowledge about the safety and efficacy of the treatment in all people. Thanks to clinical trials that tested people of diverse populations, we now have a vaccine that has been proven to reduce the effects of COVID-19.
The Investigative Clinical Research Group performs clinical trials designed to help those who suffer from gastrointestinal diseases ranging from IBS to Crohn’s Disease. Without volunteers, they would not be able to do the research necessary to help. If you are interested in volunteering for a trial, or have any questions, please visit www.icrmd.com.