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About Science 37
Science 37 brings clinical research opportunities to patients in their homes anywhere, anytime. We envision a future where patients, scientists, doctors, inventors, thinkers, and doers are making the world a better place, together.
Our core focus is making the clinical trial experience better for patients — we use a siteless, decentralized approach to conducting research that puts patients first. By using telemedicine and mobile device technology in our model, including our NORA® app, we aim to remove geographical barriers and make it easier for patients to participate in research regardless of where they live.
Science 37 aims to continue expanding into new therapeutic areas and introduce these research studies to a much broader swath of the population, including those with limited access to major medical facilities where clinical trials are typically offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical research study look like?
Ever wonder how new medications or medical devices are developed? Research studies help determine whether new treatments are safe and effective. And research participants make it all possible. Participants may receive specific interventions — which may be investigational medications, devices, or procedures — according to a research plan (referred to as a protocol) developed by the scientists and doctors involved in the research. Research studies may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active investigational medication, or to no intervention at all. These elements vary depending on the research study, and the research study team will discuss these in detail before you agree to participate. With participant safety in mind, governing bodies have established many rules to help ensure that research studies are conducted in the most ethical and safe way possible to keep participants protected throughout.
Why volunteer to take part in a research study?
Volunteers are part of the next wave of awesome science and can influence the future of medicine. Advances in research have allowed people to get personalized cancer treatments, be vaccinated for polio, manage their diabetes, and countless other developments — and these breakthroughs wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. People volunteer to:
- Help others by contributing to medical knowledge
- Get more involved in their own health care and learn about their condition
- Get access to new or different treatments
- Join a community and get support
Can I tell my doctor? Will my doctor get involved?
You can always share information about the research study with your primary care doctor or other healthcare provider, such as a specialist. We encourage you to do so, especially if this is someone you know well and trust. Your doctor can be an additional resource when you are first learning about a research study and have many questions. You can continue to see your doctor throughout the research study for routine visits and tests. Our research study team is available to talk to both you and your doctor if there are any concerns or questions. Working together helps to ensure that you are fully supported for your health needs.
Will taking part in a research study cost me anything?
There is no cost to participate, and some research studies offer reimbursement for your time and effort. This will vary depending on the research study and is discussed during the informed consent process.
How long is a research study?
The duration of a research study will vary depending on the protocol. Research studies are designed by a team of expert scientists, physicians, and statisticians. When you learn about a research study, you will be informed about the time commitment needed before you consent to participate.
How do I take part in a research study from home? How do I receive study supplies?
Science 37 research studies are designed to make participation easier for you. Where permitted, study medication and other supplies, including a study device (such as a smartphone) that contains Science 37’s research study app, NORA, are shipped directly to your home. If you have any problems with receiving or using the supplies, you will be able to contact the study team at any time. Participants will use Science 37’s NORA app on a study device to keep connected to the study team and ensure that you know what to do and when to do it. For instance, you may use the app’s video chat capabilities — similar to FaceTime or Skype — with your study doctor rather than traveling to see them in person. Some studies may require nurse visits, and to keep your traveling to a minimum, mobile nurses may visit you directly at home, while others may require visiting a local clinic for physical examinations and having blood or urine samples taken. If required for a study, participants may be compensated for expenses related to the travel and lab visits. To keep you informed and up to date on all study activities, NORA will display your personalized study calendar and send you reminders and notifications.
Can I talk to other people about the research study?
We understand that talking about your experience is an important part of feeling supported. You may speak with your family, friends, or doctor about your potential participation in the research study. We also have a talented team of doctors, researchers, and coordinators who are happy to address your questions and concerns.
What if I want to leave a research study?
You can leave a research study at any time and for any reason. You are under no obligation to complete a research study or give a reason why you’re leaving one. Although we do our best to make our research studies as easy as possible for you to take part in, we understand that there are many reasons why finishing may not be possible.
What happens after I complete the research study?
After you complete the research study, the study team will answer any questions you may have and get your feedback on your overall experience during the trial. As a Science 37 research study participant, you will have access to educational content and future research opportunities. After the study, participants should continue to see your local primary doctor or healthcare provider for routine medical care.