Curriculum & Resources

Clinical Trials: From Disease to Medicine

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In the From Disease to Medicine module, students learn about the purpose and structure of clinical research by exploring the various phases of a clinical trial. Students investigate the timeline of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, taking on the role of researchers who are developing a promising new H1N1 vaccine. Throughout the module, students engage in different hands-on activities such as:

  • Exploring the role of the placebo effect in clinical trials
  • Developing recruiting materials for participants for a mock study
  • Completing an application to begin a fictional clinical trial

The module asks students to consider the challenges of developing medicines and vaccines and the rigorous nature of the process.  Students also explore how and why the design of clinical trials has evolved over time.

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Resource Type
Appropriate Ages
Upper Secondary
Resource Topic
Biotech & Medicine
Human Disease