Did you know? Your race or ethnicity can affect how you respond to medicine.

FDA is releasing six public service announcements, a blog, and an infographic to encourage people of diverse races and ethnicities to participate in clinical trials.

cccYou can be a #ClinicalTrialsChampion by sharing these resources far and wide! Spread the word: a person’s race or ethnicity can affect how his or her body responds to medicine.

That’s why clinical trials participants need to represent the patients who will use the medicine. Your race or ethnicity could affect the dose you need, or something even more serious. But most clinical trial volunteers are white and male—racial and ethnic minorities are seriously underrepresented.

The six videos feature Shirley Miller, who lives with sickle cell disease, or Dr. Luciana Borio, Chief Scientist at FDA. It is important to note that sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disease and 80% of people with sickle cell are of African descent.

Watch them talk about how you can be a #ClinicalTrialsChampion by helping to develop new treatments to fight diseases that impact minority communities!

Infographic: 4 Ways to be a #ClinicalTrialsChampion

Dr. Jonca Bull’s Blog: Be A Champion for Clinical Trial Diversity

Video 1: Shirley’s Story: How to Find Information about Clinical Trials

Video 2: Shirley’s Story: Getting Access to Cutting Edge Therapies

Video 3: Shirley’s Story: You Don’t Have to be Sick to Participate

Video 4: Shirley’s Story: Diversity is Critical to Making Better Medical Products

Video 5: Shirley’s Story: Diversity is Critical to Making Better Medical Products (LONG)

Video 6: Dr. Luciana Borio: FDA’s Role in Increasing Clinical Trial Diversity

These resources are a part of FDA’s campaign, “2016: the Year of Clinical Trial Diversity;” and they are sponsored by the FDA Office of Minority Health.

Find more information from FDA about Minorities in Clinical Trials.