While women comprise roughly half of the world’s population, historically they have only represented about 30 percent of clinical research study participants. If you are a woman living in Arizona, you can help shift this statistic in tangible, way—all because you decided to participate in a clinical research study!
It's True! Women are Equal, but Different Biologically
Women are equal, but we now know that they are different, especially when it comes to matters of biology. Women and men differ biologically when it comes to muscle fiber, blood flow, fat storage, and metabolism (to name a few) which in turn may influence the effectiveness of certain medications, dosages, or treatments.
A 2015 research study conducted by Northwestern neuroscientists found an inherent biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus. This specific study provides a scientific reason to believe that female and male brains may respond differently to drugs targeting certain synaptic pathways.
“The importance of studying sex differences in the brain is about making biology and medicine relevant to everyone, to both men and women,” said Catherine S. Woolley, Professor of Neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and senior author of the study.
Why Women Should Consider Participating in Clinical Research Studies
It is vitally important that the safety and effects of medications and medical procedures be evaluated in women from a wide spectrum of health history and background. “We are not doing women -- and specifically women’s health -- any favors by pretending that things are the same if they are not,” Woolley said. “If the results of research would be different in female animals, tissues and cells, then we need to know. This is essential so that we can find appropriate diagnoses, treatments and, ultimately, cures for disease in both sexes.”
Women who participate in clinical research studies stand to benefit in so many ways. Each medical research trial offers the hope of a cure for the condition being studied. They also allow researchers to gather valuable health information; what is learned in one trial will be applied to research into treatments for other conditions. This and future generations of women will benefit because you participated.
Find Out How You Can Participate in Clinical Research Studies in Arizona
If you are suffering from the effects of a health condition, it is possible that you could find a cure or treatment in a clinical research trial. The level of medical care and supervision provided to participants during a medical research trial is second to none. And in paid research studies, there is compensation for your time and travel. Be sure to educate yourself fully about what you can expect, and what is expected of you, during your participation in medical research.
Physicians Research Group (PRG) is currently conducting a variety of paid clinical research studies in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. If you are looking for some hope in the treatment of your condition, or if you want to bring hope to others suffering from the same condition, you can look for clinical trial opportunities on our website or call Physician’s Research Group today at (480) 889 1211.
The National Institutes of Health (grant R01 NS037324) and the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health supported the research. The paper is titled “Sex Differences in Molecular Signaling at Inhibitory Synapses in the Hippocampus.”
Catherine Woolley is the William Deering Chair in Biological Sciences, and a member of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to Woolley, other authors of the paper are Nino Tabatadze (first author), Guangzhe Huang, Renee M. May and Anant Jain, all of Northwestern.