Clinical Trials

Are you considering joining a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a way to test an innovative treatment in people before it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You should discuss participation in any clinical trial with your healthcare team to ensure that an experimental treatment is right for you.

The American Diabetes Association does not list or promote specific clinical trials (unless the trial is being supported by the American Diabetes Association Research Program). This policy also applies to patient surveys. There are far too many trials and surveys being conducted at any given time for the Association to be able to evaluate them on an individual basis. However, the following resources from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health provide more information about clinical trials and how to determine which trials are being conducted in a location near you.

Clinical Trials Links and Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service: Clinical Trials Coverage (CMS)
A registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details.

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet is an international network of researchers who are exploring ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of type 1 diabetes.

GRADE is a NIH/NIDDK funded study looking at what medications work best at lowering blood glucose levels when taken with Metformin.

  • Last Reviewed: July 23, 2014
  • Last Edited: August 6, 2014

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