The involvement of participants as partners in scientific research is crucial to its success.  Breakthroughs in medical treatments have benefited millions of people, and this could not have happened without the involvement of people willing to participate in research. Your involvement in a research study will be short term, but can help to improve the health of future generations.

You may also directly benefit from participating in a research study. These potential direct benefits are described in the informed consent document of each individual study.

(Adapted from the NIH Clinical Center: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/participate/faqaboutcs.shtml)