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Participate in a Clinical Trial

By volunteering for a clinical trial, you can make a difference in the lives of millions of individuals with food allergies and their families. Exciting studies are underway at major medical centers nationwide. The information and resources on this page will help you decide whether one of them is right for you.

Reasons to participate include:

  • The opportunity to contribute directly to the search for new treatments and a cure
  • The possibility of benefiting from a promising new treatment before it is widely available
  • Access to medical care from a team of experts in the field

Participation in a clinical trial is a significant decision for you and your family. To make an informed decision, you’ll want to weigh the benefits and risks of the study you’re considering. You’ll also want to consult your physician, talk to family and friends, and learn all you can. Our FAQ will help you get started

Find Clinical Trials

  • ResearchMatch
    FARE has partnered with this national online patient registry to connect patients with food allergies to new clinical studies. Members of FARE’s Medical Advisory Board were involved in developing a special sub-registry for patients with food allergies, which helps investigators at institutions nationwide to identify candidates for participation in food allergy clinical trials. Signing up as a volunteer is simple and free, and does not place you under any obligation to participate. ResearchMatch is maintained by Vanderbilt University and funded by the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health.

  • www.clinicaltrials.gov
    A service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this website is a registry and database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies conducted around the world. The site also includes general information about clinical trials and a glossary of common terms.

  • www.centerwatch.com
    CenterWatch is a well-established source of clinical trials information for patients and medical professionals. Resources include a Patient Notification Service that automatically sends an email when a clinical trial matching your medical condition and geographic preference is posted.

Learn More

  • NIH Clinical Trials and You – An extensive patient-oriented site that offers links to clinical trial registries, educational resources, and personal stories.

  • Children and Clinical Studies – This site, from the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, explains why clinical trials in children are important and addresses the special needs and concerns of young participants and their families.

  • Food Allergy Research Alliance (FARA) – This group of leading physicians (including allergists, pediatricians, and dermatologists) is dedicated to increasing patient awareness about clinical trial opportunities. FARA members are educated about research and the opportunities for patient participation at nearby clinical research facilities. 

  • NIAID-Funded Food Allergy Research Programs – Learn about programs funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the principal NIH institute that supports food allergy research. This site offers descriptions of the work done by key groups, such as the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) and the Immune Tolerance Network, as well as links to NIAID-sponsored studies on clinicaltrials.gov.