A clinical trial could change your life. Are you ready?

| Steve Bieler
Maybe you’ve heard about clinical trials, but you don’t know much about them or why you should care. 
 
Maybe you understand the importance, but you don’t know how to decide if you should participate.
 
Maybe you’ve been thinking of signing up, but you don’t know how. 
 
NPF has taken the mystery out of the process. On our new clinical trials hub, we provide all of the following:
  • Basic info, including the contributions clinical trials make to science. No psoriatic disease treatment makes it to the market without testing its safety and effectiveness in a series of clinical trials.
  • The pros and cons of participating, including how to know if you’d be a good fit.
  • Testimonials from people who have been through the process.
  • A search tool to help you find clinical trials near you.
In a clinical trial, you get to try new treatments that are not yet available, under the watchful eye of experts – and it’s all free. 
 
You also help scientists do science. How does that work? Well, there are three types of research: basic, translational and clinical. Basic research answers fundamental questions about how a disease operates. Translational research takes these discoveries from basic research and turns them into treatments that can then be tested. To do basic and translational research, you’d need a lab coat and years of training.
 
Clinical research, however, is where the rubber meets the road. After a treatment has been declared safe in a lab, it’s our turn. All you need to participate is you. The data you provide in a clinical trial is invaluable. It may help bring a new treatment to market that will help you and countless other people with psoriatic disease. Getting free health care plus advancing science – it’s a win-win.
 
In addition to visiting our clinical trials hub, contact our Patient Navigation Center if you have questions about enrolling in a clinical trial or if you want to learn more about available treatment options.
 

Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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