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About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials can change lives

Being part of a clinical trial has the potential to not only improve the lives of participants, but others’ lives as well. That’s because clinical trials help researchers investigate whether a new medicine or medical device is safe and effective. The modern prescription medicines that many people rely on today were studied in a rigorous process of clinical trials that established their safety and efficacy before they were approved for use in humans.

While all clinical trials follow strict scientific standards, each trial is designed and conducted uniquely, depending on the type of medication or device that is being studied and the specific needs of the patient population. For example, a clinical trial may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available or to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare available interventions to each other.

Your decision to enroll your child in a clinical trial is a personal decision and a major step in his or her care. We hope that the information and resources provided on this site make the decision process easier for your family.

If you have additional questions about The TAPESTRY Study and want to learn about your child’s eligibility to participate, in the US please visit  and in Australia and New Zealand please visit

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