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NIDCD stuttering research featured on new NIH website dedicated to clinical research
The NIH Office of the Director has launched a new website, “NIH Clinical Research Trials and You,” created for the American public and dedicated to explaining the importance of clinical research to the health of the nation. The site offers an overview of what clinical research is and why it is important, stories from people who have volunteered for NIH-funded clinical trials, educational resources, and a section for health care providers.
NIDCD intramural researcher Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., is the first scientist to be featured in “Researcher Stories,” a section that highlights the efforts and accomplishments of NIH-funded clinical researchers. Dr. Drayna’s research at NIH resulted in the identification of the first genes associated with stuttering and has helped people begin to look at stuttering as a biological disorder with hope for a medical cure, instead of as a psychological problem or character weakness. The site features seven video clips of Dr. Drayna as he explains how he and his group study stuttering, and how important volunteers are to the effort. “The foundation of our studies is the human subjects who volunteer to participate,” says Dr. Drayna. “Without human subjects, human geneticists really can’t make progress.”
The site will be continuously updating and refreshing content, adding more interviews with volunteers, scientists, and NIH researchers who conduct and benefit from clinical trials. Take a look!