We would like to introduce you to 3 people who explain why they became members of the Danish Research Panel.

 

Finn Geertsen is 70 years old, and lives in Hvidovre, Denmark:

Why did you become a member of the Danish Research Panel?

“I joined because I wanted to help develop new drugs against diabetes. I have diabetes myself, and I have had it for more than 12 years.”

What do you expect to gain from being a member?

“The only thing I hope to get out of my membership is that I can help develop better medicines and spread the knowledge of new medicines.”

Would you recommend joining a research panel to others?

“I would like to tell them that I have also participated in the process of developing new medicines, and that I recommend it because it was easy and I received excellent treatment.”

Ayaba Rosenback is 40 years old and lives in Hvidovre, Denmark:

Why did you become a member of the Danish Research Panel?

“I want to contribute to the improvement of research and medicine because it benefits everyone in society, while at the same time getting more insight into my own health and illness.”

What are you expecting to gain from being a member?

“I hope people can get better treatments for diabetes. I have had type 2 diabetes for at least 8 years. I think research should help to provide more insight into how we can develop better treatments for future generations.”

Would you recommend joining a research panel to others?

“I would urge patients to become members because they increase their knowledge of their own illness while helping to gain awareness of diseases, so that hopefully better care can be given to our children.”

Klaus Bech is 73 years old and lives in Svendborg, Denmark:

Why did you become a member of the Danish Research Panel?

“I’ve always signed up for research trials and I really enjoy it. I have been diagnosed with all kinds of illnesses, so I want to give something back. By being a member, I also get an idea of what’s going on in research. In addition, I have signed up for clinical studies because they provide the most modern treatments you can have access to.”

What are you expecting to gain from being a member?

“I hope to participate in the latest research. About a year ago, my psoriasis worsened and I needed to visit the hospital,  and I was asked if I wanted to take part in a clinical trial.  I immediately said yes and the medicine turned out to be quite effective. It was a good experience, because I received a product that benefited my treatment. I don’t mind participating in trials that don’t directly benefit me, as I know it is for the greater good. “

Would you recommend joining a research panel to others?

“I think being a member has been very beneficial for me. I have become wiser as I need to think about my own health. You get so much out of participating in clinical research and you’re not putting yourself at risk, so I encourage others to join.”