The development of new and improved medicine is often delayed and met with hindrances. Patients are the key to speeding up the process. Former nurse Marie Kristiansen knows this all too well, which is why she joined the Danish Research Panel.

Many patients ar not familiar with clinical research. And even fewer know that there is a great need for participants in clinical research. The shortage of volunteers means that possible new and improved treatments are delayed. Many trials risk srtanding still or cancellation.

Marie Kristiansen, 72 years old, is aware of this problem. She worked in the Danish health care system for over 40 years and has herself often faced the challenge of finding patients for clinical research.

”I worked as a research nurse on a gastro-intestinal ward. We frequently had problems with getting volunteers to participate in clinical research.”

Volunteering to make a difference

Marie’s professional experience was in fact the reason for her joining the Danish Research panel. She has type 2 diabetes herself and would like to make a difference.

“I am a member, because I have worked in health care, and I know that patients volunteering for clinical research are necessary for developing new and improved treatments. In my over 40 years of professional experience I know it requires an active effort from patients to develop disease treatments.”

To Marie, her membership is not about her personal gain. Instead, she hopes to be able to help others.

“I do not know if I personally benefit from volunteering, but maybe there are people like me who will. That’s why I do it. There are also those who someday might be diagnosed with diabetes, so I hope to help future patients.”