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NIH launches central resource for clinical trials information

February 6, 2012

The National Institutes of Health has launched a website to encourage participation in clinical research trials. The site contains information for patients and health care providers, including links to the agency's registry of clinical trials (www.clinicaltrials.gov); a database of clinical studies at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD; and an NIH-funded registry of research volunteers (www.researchmatch.org). "The ability to recruit the necessary number of volunteers is vital to carrying out clinical research that leads to health and medical advances," said NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D. "This new, centralized resource will make it much easier for the public and health professionals to learn about clinical trials and how people can participate in them."