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Getting Involved in Diabetes Research

It’s not just doctors and researchers who are responsible for important advances in diabetes care and treatment. Some of the most important breakthroughs have been made because of patients who volunteered for a research study or clinical trial – people just like you.

What are research studies?

Research studies try to answer a specific health question using human volunteers. At Joslin Diabetes Center, we offer many different ways to get involved in diabetes research. Studies can be as simple as completing a questionnaire or as complex as testing new treatments.

Can anyone join a study?

Joslin offers research studies for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, as well as for people who don’t currently have diabetes.

Why are they important?

According to Allison B. Goldfine, M.D., Section Head of Clinical Research at Joslin Diabetes Center, "It is only with patient participation in research studies that we make any medical progress. If you participate, it is for everyone with the disease. This is the way we bring new treatments to the diabetes community."

How can I learn more?

Visit Joslin Research's Volunteer Opportunity page here. In addition, requests for study volunteers are listed under Research Opportunities in every issue of JoslinCares, Joslin's patient newsletter.

Page last updated: April 24, 2014