Diversity In Clinical Trials

Your DGB for today is to promote diversity and participation in clinical research.

We here at the DGB love diversity. And not just because of its popularity as a progressive buzzword in the 1990s, although we love the 90s too. Diversity makes the world a better, stronger, and more interesting place. It also makes it a healthier one. Unfortunately, due to various aspects of racism, sexism, and white supremacy, the lack of diversity in clinical trials and research has had a real and dangerous impact on the efficacy of medication and medical procedures.

As noted in the link, there are a number of reasons for this problem. Medical science has a long and sordid history of doing pretty much everything wrong when it comes to ethical behavior. Lack of access to medical care has a disproportionate effect on minorities and women. Sometimes it’s simply a knowledge gap. People don’t realize that they are needed to participate. Today, consider volunteering for a clinical trial and/or at least seeing if you are a good match for one. You don’t have to be suffering from a medical condition or have a complicated genetic history - healthy people are needed too!

ResearchMatch is an organization funded mostly by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that has set up a database and matching system to pair volunteers with trials that need them. Set up a profile and lend your body to science!