There are many ways to volunteer for research...

Not all research requires taking medication. There are lots of other ways you can contribute to science! Here are a few suggestions.

Lifestyle Research

Some studies look at how healthy diet and exercise impacts disease. Health tracker studies using FitBits or other wearable devices examine the ratio of symptoms to level of activity, for example. These studies are often conducted through academic research centers.

Taking Surveys

Have you ever been invited to take a survey at the end of your online shopping experience? This is known as "market research". Health care providers and pharmaceutical companies are beginning to recognize the value of the patient voice to influence everything from wait times in the E.R. to how a clinical trial is designed. As a result, healthcare market research has grown in popularity in recent years.

Wearable Device Studies

As technology advances and people turn to trackers for feedback on their fitness or weight loss routines, scientists can learn even more about participants in real time. Wearable device studies are helping them learn more about the impact of activity on living with chronic conditions like MS, lupus, diabetes, obesity and more.

Donating Blood

No doubt you have given blood at some point in your adult life. Did you know there are some studies that only ask you to donate a sample of your blood so researchers can learn more about a disease or condition? Find studies that need blood donations.

Joining Registries

For every disease or condition you can imagine, there are registries you can join.Registries help researches learn about the demographics surrounding your condition. It may also make it easier for scientists to connect with you at a future date in time. By joining a registry you are raising your hand to help.

Organ, Tissue or Whole Body Donation

Even if you don't want to volunteer for scientific research while you are living, you might consider making a donation after your death. Scientists are making great strides in treating conditions like Alzheimers, Parkinson's, diabetes, heart disease and more. Much of the valuable information they learn comes from studying donations of tissues and organs. Consider planning ahead and making your wishes known if you want to help advance science.