About Clinical Research

What Is Clinical Research?

 Clinical Research is a type of medical study that is performed on human volunteers. It is an essential form of research that is done to ensure that new medications are safe and effective, and to determine proper dosages. The most common method of conducting this research is with a group of people who participate in a Clinical Trial. 

Why Participate?

 Did you know that most medicines available today would not be possible without the contribution of clinical research volunteers? That includes treatment for diseases like childhood leukemia, which is now curable in 70% of cases. One-half as many men die due to coronary heart disease as did 40 years ago. The five year breast cancer survival rate has increased to 88%. Each day, research discovers new information about diseases and their treatment. By participating in clinical research, you may help solve a piece of the puzzle in the discovery of new medicines that can improve the lives of people in your community and around the world. If you or someone close to you is considering giving the gift of participation, contact Fox Valley Clinical Research Center (FVCRC) to learn more about the exciting research opportunities available to qualifying participants. 

Your Privacy

 We protect the privacy of every volunteer we work with and will hold your medical information under the strictest confidence. Every person’s privacy is guaranteed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and we fully adhere to its guidelines. 

Joining a Trial

 When you join a Clinical Trial you will be working with experienced professionals who are dedicated to your personal safety. They will work closely with you throughout the entire process to answer all of your questions and monitor any effects that the medication has on you. Every Trial is also regulated by guidelines created by the Food and Drug Administration and monitored by members of the Institutional Review Board to ensure that each participant is well cared for. The safety of everyone involved is the top priority, so if a medication is found to be harmful in any way the Trial will be stopped immediately. 

After the Trial

 A Clinical Trial is just one step in a long process to get any new medication approved. If the medication is shown to be safe and effective, a New Drug Application will be submitted to the FDA. The FDA will then review the application and thoroughly investigate the results of the Trial. In some cases more Trials may be required to study particular aspects of the medication. A new medication is only approved for the public when the FDA’s stringent requirements are met completely. 


 We realize you may have questions and concerns about volunteering, and we are here to assist you in any way possible. At Fox Valley Clinical Research Center, we want you to feel confident and secure before joining any of our Clinical Trials. If we have not addressed any of your questions, please feel free to contact us at 630-723-3485 at your convenience.  Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to working with you to advance the cause of medical research.