Project IMPACT

Project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Increase Minority Participation and Awareness of Clinical Trials) is a program of the National Medical Association started in 1999 to encourage greater participation of African Americans (physicians, patients, consumers) in all aspects of biomedical research and clinical trials.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is the scientific term for the step-by-step process that studies or tests in humans a new procedure, drug, vaccine, or device. Each trial seeks to answer specific questions with the goal of finding better ways to prevent, screen for, make diagnoses, or treat a disease.

Why Clinical Trials?

Many of today’s life-saving treatments are based on yesterday’s clinical trials. Advances in hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart failure have been powered by clinical trials.

Many of today’s life-saving treatments are based on yesterday’s clinical trials. Advances in hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart failure have been powered by clinical trials.

Why Minorities Need to Participate in Clinical Trials?

African Americans are underrepresented in important medical research to find treatments for the very diseases that disproportionately affect them such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, and lung cancer. Your good health depends on knowing whether a treatment affects women or men differently, or affects a minority differently.

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