Our Mission

Education About Clinical Trials is Key to Delivering Life-Changing Medicines and Transforming Lives

We believe there is an undeniable need to raise public awareness about the benefits of clinical trials in developing life-changing medicines and new therapies. For people facing illness, participating in a clinical trial can offer new opportunities for cutting-edge treatment and close medical supervision. Increasing the level of patient participation in clinical trials could help researchers accelerate their efforts to develop new treatments.

The PPD IRONMAN® North Carolina provides a platform to educate people about the life-changing role of clinical research in delivering medicines for patients in need.

As title sponsor of the PPD IRONMAN North Carolina, PPD is honored to share the stories of several of the many everyday heroes who overcame significant health conditions through participation in a clinical trial and helped advance medical science.

These heroes, who celebrate conquering life’s challenges as triathletes, share their personal stories to spotlight the importance of clinical research in improving health and saving lives. They are inspiring examples of how patients can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

Learn why Kirk Smith believes in clinical trials to help advance treatments for lung cancer in his video below.

Learn why Teresa Dunlap believes in clinical trials to help advance treatments for breast cancer in her video below.

Learn why Emily Schaller participates in clinical trials to help advance treatments for cystic fibrosis in her video below.