What can improve medical treatments? What can influence public health policy? Once research is done in a laboratory, clinical trials are the next crucial step, and participation by Canadians in clinical trials is important. Many of the treatments we have in Canada today are available thanks to people like you volunteering to take part in a clinical trial. Click here to learn more
Ask your family physician to advise you on how to become involved in a clinical trial or study. Select a disease category from the menu on the left to see the trials currently being carried out at C5R research sites.
Following successful laboratory work or animal studies, new treatments must undergo clinical studies (testing in human volunteers, also called clinical trials). Human trials are an essential part of the research and development of pharmaceutical drugs. It is the responsibility of the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) of the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB), Health Canada, to ensure that all drugs used by the public are safe and effective for specific conditions, and of high quality. Potential treatments for dementia are evaluated through these clinical trials. Click here to learn more about how drugs are approved in Canada.