Healthy Moments Episode

Eager to Help Find Tomorrow’s Cure Today

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Dr. Rodgers shares how African Americans can get more involved in medical research and encourages participation in clinical trials.


​African Americans are often underrepresented in medical research; however, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Distrust in medicine has played a major role in keeping our numbers low although our interest in research remains high. A nationwide study found African Americans are more likely to be interested in participating in medical research than any other racial or ethnic group, including Caucasians, Hispanics, and Asians. A great way to turn this interest into action is to participate in a clinical trial.

Participating in a clinical trial that targets diseases and/or risk factors affecting your health may help researchers find better treatments for you, your family, and your community.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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