Patients are participating in endocrine and metabolism research around the world

We currently have a number of clinical trials and research studies seeking patients managing various endocrine and metabolic disorders. We can help find trials and research studies near you and may help you to get access to those opportunities.

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Endocrine and metabolism clinical trials and research studies

What is the endocrine system and metabolism?

The endocrine system consists of several organs called glands, located all around the body, from the brain to the abdomen. These glands are responsible for creating and releasing hormones (chemical messages from one part of the body to another to coordinate function, such as insulin, testosterone and estrogen). This network of glands and hormones help regulate a number of different processes in the body, including metabolism, growth and development, emotions and mood, fertility and blood pressure. The major glands of the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the thyroid and the pancreas.

There are many disorders and conditions that affect the endocrine system, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Many of these involve the overproduction or underproduction of hormones. Endocrine organs are also prone to tumours which can lead to the overproduction of hormones. Some of these disorders have a genetic basis (Type I diabetes and certain types of hyperthyroidism like Graves’ disease) or be caused mostly by environmental factors such as diet (Type II diabetes). For some disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, the cause is still unknown.

Where is endocrine and metabolic disorder research now?

The aims of research on endocrine disorders depend on the type of disorder. For some, the causes have been relatively easy to discover and understand (such as Type I diabetes), which has allowed researchers to focus their efforts on improving interventions and developing new treatments to manage symptoms or to even reverse any organ damage.

While for other endocrine disorders, like polycystic ovary syndrome, they are under-researched and the cause still remains a mystery. Here, research is focused on uncovering the underlying causes, as well as on establishing diagnostic criteria and finding the best management plans and treatment options.

For inherited endocrine disorders, researchers are investigating using next generation technologies such as gene therapy to treat these disorders.

How can I get involved in endocrine and metabolic disorder research?

Participating in endocrine disorder research and clinical trials may be a method to access the latest treatment drugs or it may help pave the way in developing new interventions and treatments that will benefit others. There are a large number of clinical trials and research studies undertaken each year to understand, diagnose, prevent, manage, and treat endocrine disorders.

Participants participated for endocrine and metabolism trials around the world

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Endocrine and metabolism clinical trials and research studies around the world

308 trials

Phase 1

328 trials

Phase 2

149 trials

Phase 3

128 trials

Phase 4

1,409 trials


Leading areas of endocrine and metabolism research

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