A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies, genetic studies to explore ways in which a person’s genes may contribute to developing a disorder and epidemiological studies to understand the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease.
Human clinical trials are a critical phase to bringing safe and effective treatments to market. Many tests are conducted before the clinical trial stage to determine whether potential treatments are appropriate for testing in people. It is through clinical trials that safe and effective drugs, therapies and ultimately, a cure for alopecia areata will be discovered. By participating in a clinical trial, you play an important role in the fight to treat and cure alopecia areata. The decision to participate, however, is very personal and should be made only after speaking with your health care provider and other individuals you trust. You can stop participation in a clinical trial at any time if new concerns arise or you lose confidence that its potential benefits outweigh its risks.
Clinical Trial Resources
ClinicalTrials.gov offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. Visit ClinicalTrials.gov to review clinical trials that are enrolling around the country on alopecia areata and other diseases.
Clinical Trials and Research Studies
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation is committed to delivering accurate and reliable information to everyone affected by alopecia areata, and subsequently reviews many requests for participation in research studies. The following is a current list of other research studies seeking to recruit people with alopecia areata.