Hero Stories

Making a difference in the future of health care 

Everyone who's volunteered for a clinical study has a story to tell. A story about why they made the effort. What they hoped to accomplish. What they learned. And how the experience changed them. We call these volunteers heroes because they're helping scientists - who are heroes in their own right - find cures, improve quality of life, and move health research forward. Watch as the following heroes share their inspiring stories about making a difference in the future of health care.

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What is clinical health research?
2005 – Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD (Department of Psychiatry) demonstrates  the “placebo effect” in action for the first time, using brain scans to indicate how individuals respond first to pain and then to the impression that they are receiving a painkiller. He and his team go on to show how differences in brain chemistry and personality affect an individual’s response to a placebo.
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