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June 2007
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Get Involved in Clinical Research
Because Lives Depend on it
Gene Gary-Williams began participating in a clinical research study in 1996. Why? "African-American people in general have not been involved in many of the medical studies," she explains. "For a long time, we weren't invited and then, when the opportunity presented itself, we were too suspicious.... As women of color, we need to participate so that we can provide information researchers would not be able to get otherwise."

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Understanding Clinical Research
Learn the Basics
You hear about the results of clinical research all the time. You've probably made a few changes to your behavior-what you eat or how much you exercise-based on some study. Whether you want to understand how to put those news reports in perspective or are thinking of participating in a clinical study yourself, it's time you learned more about clinical research.

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