Project I.M.P.A.C.T. is a program of the National Medical Association to encourage greater participation of African Americans 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.

Why Minorities and Clinical Trials?

African Americans are underrepresented in important medical research to find treatments for the very diseases that 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.


The Patients/Consumers Section contains information about clinical trials, such as:

  • How Clinical Trials Help You
  • How Clinical Trials Work
  • Your Clinical Trial Rights and How They are Protected
  • Questions to Ask and Get Answered About a Clinical Trial
  • Consumer Education Materials Available for Downloading
  • Clinical Trials Quiz
  • Forms for Sharing Your Thoughts
  • Sample Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Clinical Trial


This Section cites the barriers often mentioned as to why physicians and patients do not participate in clinical trials and why you should care about the lack of minorities involved in the process.

  • Learn what it takes to become a part of the clinical research process.
  • Join our database of minority physicians interested in conducting clinical research or in being notified of active trials.
  • Discuss clinical trials with your patients.
  • Join our Circle of Experts! We are looking for speakers, mentors, physicians willing to serve on advisory boards and other boards/committees, etc.
  • Become a mentor to a novice researcher.

The African American community needs your help!


Are you in the business of conducting clinical research? Project I.M.P.A.C.T. maintains a database of physicians that are interested in participating in clinical research. Enter clinical trial information if you would like us to share these opportunities with our physicians.

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