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?
1955 – Epidemiologist Thomas Francis, Jr., MD (School of Public Health) announces on April 12 that the Salk polio vaccine is “safe, effective, and potent”.  He designed and conducted the largest clinical study ever undertaken using human subjects, involving 1.8 million children at 15,000 schools in 44 states and areas of Canada and Finland.
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