Clinical Research has changed the face of modern medicine.


Clinical Research has changed the face of modern medicine.

Fifty years ago, at the end of World War II, physicians had little ability to effectively treat or prevent any of the deadliest diseases. Most of the staples of modem medicine we enjoy today were still unknown: antibiotics, vaccines for polio and several other severe infections, most hormone replacements and steroid therapy, effective drug therapies for cancer and psychotic illnesses, testing for genetic disorders, coronary bypass surgery, transplanted organs, and artificial joints. These and Other successes have encouraged public enthusiasm for research and belief in the potency of modem medicine.

At every stage of life, our physical, mental and emotional health needs are different. Certain diseases are more likely at certain times of life, medicines for a condition might need to be adjusted and we might need ways to stay healthy. There are many medical studies focused specifically on seniors to learn the best ways to prevent and treat disease and how we can age successfully throughout our lives.

This area of research is particularly important as scientific progress has led to longer, more productive and more active lives for many people. As a result there are a lot of new things we need to learn through research. Because people are living longer, for example, more people have long-term, or chronic, diseases. Doctors need better ways to understand and care for these conditions. We need to increase our knowledge of prevention too, and how to best support mental and emotional health as we continue to grow throughout our lives.

You can take part in research studies that matter most to you and your loved ones.

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