Clinical trials and volunteer studies are a vital and critical component of disease research. Through these trials Fred Hutch researchers make new discoveries that lead to new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat many diseases. Many of today's most effective treatments are based on the results of past trials and studies.
Our researchers are conducting a number of therapeutic and non-therapuetic COVID-19 studies including treatment trials, observational studies and vaccine trials.
Each year, hundreds of trials are conducted by scientists at Fred Hutch, the University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s for a number of diseases. Patients enrolled on a clinical trial could benefit from the latest treatments available.
Volunteer participation in clinical trials and observational studies is vital to disease research. No matter how promising a new drug, vaccine or procedure looks when tested in the laboratory or on animals, it cannot be approved for general use in humans until it has been carefully evaluated through several phases of clinical study that include volunteer participants. Observational studies are also crucial to determining cause and effect in human health, including how behavior, lifestyle, genetic factors and other traits may help prevent disease or contribute to disease risk. Some of our studies seek healthy participants for prevention research that may involve dietary changes, vitamin supplementation, increased physical activity or adoption of other health-promoting behaviors.