What are clinical trials?
By becoming a medical trial volunteer you will be assisting in the research of new medicines and your participation is essential for the development of potential treatments and cures.
In order to obtain a license for a new medicine, the pharmaceutical company who want to produce it must firstly conduct research into the medicine. That's where Richmond Pharmacology, UK's largest Phase I & II Clinical Research Organisation (CRO), is commissioned to independently conduct such medical research.
This research involves recruiting you, a healthy volunteer, to take part in the clinical trial within a hospital environment so that the effects of the medicine can be closely monitored.
The type of medicine we are researching will determine your suitability to take part, and in order to check your health and well being, we will ask you to give your consent for us to contact your family doctor and invite you in for a screening visit before taking part.
During this visit our friendly staff will take your medical history, measure your heart activity (ECG) and blood pressure, and take a small sample of blood and urine to make sure your liver and kidneys are working properly. Just think of it as visiting your GP for a full medical examination. If you pass the medical check, you may be invited to return for the clinical trial usually three days to one week later. Each trial is different; therefore the individual requirements for you will be different. What we can guarantee is that you will be supervised by the most experienced staff who are dedicated to maintaining your well-being here.
For more information on Genetic Research please see the following downloads.
The safest possible cure (pdf)
Introduction to trials (video)