How can I take part?

If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, you should talk to your doctor. They can talk to you about the clinical trials process and discuss whether it could be a suitable option. You can also search for a Galapagos clinical trial. This site includes information on all Phase 2 to 4 Galapagos clinical trials; you will find the most important requirements to enter clearly displayed for each trial. We’d recommend taking down the details of the trial if you have found one on this site; to help with this, you are able to download page summaries of each of our clinical trials.

If you or your doctor have found a suitable trial and it is thought that you meet the requirements for taking part (after carefully reading the inclusion and exclusion criteria), your doctor, if appropriate, will then get in touch with the clinical trial coordinator at the trial center. 

You may have lots of questions when talking to a doctor about a clinical trial. To help prepare for conversations, we have developed a discussion guide, which covers information on what is likely to happen during your appointment and some useful questions you might want to ask. You can download, print and take this guide to your appointment.


Clinical trial stages

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Pre-screening and consent

Once your doctor has made contact with the trial coordinator, you will need to sign an informed consent form to confirm you are happy to start the clinical trials process (you can withdraw your consent and choose to drop out at any time). You will then undergo a series of screening tests to check whether you meet the eligibility criteria for entering the clinical trial. This could include blood tests, scans or biopsies; your doctor can give you a detailed overview. 

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Pre-screening and consent

Once your doctor has made contact with the trial coordinator, you will need to sign an informed consent form to confirm you are happy to start the clinical trials process (you can withdraw your consent and choose to drop out at any time). You will then undergo a series of screening tests to check whether you meet the eligibility criteria for entering the clinical trial. This could include blood tests, scans or biopsies; your doctor can give you a detailed overview. 

Taking part

If you meet the eligibility criteria and agree to enter you will then be enrolled onto the clinical trial. How, when and where you need to go will be dependent on the trial location and treatment. Some trials compare a new treatment to a standard one already available and others compare a treatment to a “placebo”, which does not contain any real treatment. Other trials assess a treatment without any comparisons. Depending on the trial type, this means you may not receive the treatment being tested. 

During the trial, you will have regular check-ups so that the researchers can assess how well the treatment is working and look for any side effects. You can leave the trial at any point. 

 

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If you meet the eligibility criteria and agree to enter you will then be enrolled onto the clinical trial. How, when and where you need to go will be dependent on the trial location and treatment. Some trials compare a new treatment to a standard one already available and others compare a treatment to a “placebo”, which does not contain any real treatment. Other trials assess a treatment without any comparisons. Depending on the trial type, this means you may not receive the treatment being tested. 

During the trial, you will have regular check-ups so that the researchers can assess how well the treatment is working and look for any side effects. You can leave the trial at any point. 

 

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Your doctor will give you a detailed overview of what happens once your participation in the clinical trial has ended. They will then go through next steps of your management plan with you; it may not be possible for you to keep taking the drug you received during the trial. You might not receive details on what treatment you received immediately after the trial (if you were part of a randomized trial). You may also have to wait to receive trial results as it can often take a while for them to be analyzed and published, as there are lots of data to gather. 

After the clinical trial

Your doctor will give you a detailed overview of what happens once your participation in the clinical trial has ended. They will then go through next steps of your management plan with you; it may not be possible for you to keep taking the drug you received during the trial. You might not receive details on what treatment you received immediately after the trial (if you were part of a randomized trial). You may also have to wait to receive trial results as it can often take a while for them to be analyzed and published, as there are lots of data to gather. 


If you are a healthy volunteer interested in taking part in a Phase 1 clinical trial, please contact us or search for a trial on clinicaltrials.gov


My wife and I drew up a list of questions of how a clinical trial works, and what’s their goal, and then when we went to the hospital to meet the clinical trial team, they answered all my questions and any concerns that we had"

Ron, former clinical trials participant