Medical breakthroughs are occurring at lightning speed. Our clinician scientists are bringing treatments and improved care to patients every day through interdisciplinary studies in all areas of research. They see the patients’ needs every day at the bedside, bring these needs to the laboratories and translate their discoveries into clinical applications, that help to transform quality of patient’s life and healthcare delivery. Some examples of their research include new drugs to treat diseases and medical devices such as diagnostic test kits to increase sensitivity and efficiency of diagnosis.
These clinician scientists have made leading-edge advances hand-in-hand with the assistance of healthy study volunteers - people who willingly participate in clinical studies that help determine if research ideas hold promise for better treatments, prevention and cures.
A Special Opportunity to Participate in Research
A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials, also called medical research or research studies, are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people.
Volunteers come from all walks of life and can be of any gender or age. Studies need healthy volunteers as well as ones who have an illness or inherited disorder, and welcome people of all cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Choosing to participate in a research study is an important personal decision. Some volunteers do so because they have a desire to give back to the community and help keep medicine moving forward. Others, who may have a condition that has not responded to conventional methods, welcome the opportunity to have access to novel treatment not available anywhere else. Whatever the reason for volunteering, each and every volunteer is crucial in shaping the future of medicine.
Your participation in any research study is voluntary and entirely up to you. Your decision not to take part or to stop your participation in a research study will not affect your medical care or any benefits to which you are normally entitled.
To find out more about opportunities for participating in research, visit our website.
Research Participant Information and Rights
At NHG, we are committed to the safety and welfare of our research participants. We have set up a robust Human Research Protection Programe (HRPP) to safeguard your rights as a research participant. Knowing your rights allows you to participate more fully in research that can contribute to quality patient care.
You have the right to receive as much information regarding the nature and purpose of the research you are involved in. This includes information such as the procedure(s), the drug(s) and device(s) involved in the research and at the same time, know what are the potential risks and benefits encompassing the research.
You have the right to be informed of the avenues of medical treatment that are available should you encounter any complications as a result of the research.
You have the right to ask questions pertaining to the research or the procedures involved.
You have the right to know that you can withdraw from the study at any time even after you have signed the informed consent document, without adversely affecting your relationship with the researcher.
You have the right to make an informed decision regarding your participation in any research without force, fraud, deceit, coercion, duress or undue influence.
You may wish to download the Research Participant Brochure here, which contains a brief overview on clinical research, clinical research participation and other useful contact information.
For more information about your rights as a research participant, visit our website.