What is a Clinical Trial?

If you’re living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), you’ve probably heard a lot about ‘clinical trials’ and the research JDRF is funding to find a cure for T1D. For those of you who are just learning about JDRF-funded research, we wanted to provide an easy reference guide to understanding clinical trials and what it takes to fund these projects.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a scientific study that tests whether a new treatment or technology is safe and effective for use in people. Testing may only be done in people who volunteer for the study and who understand the potential risks and benefits of participating.

See the entire process of clinical trial and research development below:



What is the purpose of Clinical Trials?

Before a treatment or technology can be approved by the government for use in a particular disease, several clinical trials are needed. These take place in an orderly series of steps, called “Phases.” Most clinical trials are classified into one of three phases. If the Phase I trial is successful, then a larger Phase II trial may then begin to find out whether or not the treatment or technology works. If it does, then Phase III trials follow – these are the largest of the three types. They are designed to show how well the treatment works, often comparing it with existing treatments. Funding a clinical trial is a very expensive undertaking, but well-worth it in JDRF’s search to find a cure for T1D.

How does JDRF raise funds for Clinical Trials?

JDRF raises funds to support the best clinical trial research through our signature events including: The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research, JDRF Gala events and through our Major Gifts and Strategic Partnership programs. To make a donation to support cutting-edge research visit jdrf.ca/donate-now.



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