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Natural Health Research Studies

Advancing Health & Wellness Through Clinical Trial Research

Having scientific evidence to back up the claims on natural products helps give consumers like you confidence that the products you are buying are safe and effective. That’s what we do at KGK Science. We conduct human clinical trials for natural health and wellness products to give them clinically-proven science to back up their benefits.

All clinical trials conducted at KGK Science are approved by Health Canada and a third-party institutional board of ethics, and are conducted by qualified medical professionals. Participation is completely safe and participants are compensated for their time.

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Why participate in a KGK clinical study?

  • Discover new natural health and wellness products

  • Receive compensation for your participation

  • Contribute to advancing global health research 

the process

  • Pre-Screening Online

    Take a 2-minute survey to assess your eligibility.

  • Telephone Screening

    Tell us about yourself to see if you may qualify.

  • Screening Visit

    A few simple tests to fully qualify as a study participant.

  • Participate

    One or more clinic visits over the course of the study.

  • Receive Compensation

    KGK thanks you for your participation with monetary compensation.  

Leading Clinical Research Since 1997

  • 350

    Clinical Trials Across 40+ Indications

  • 150

    Publications

  • 10M

    Data Points Collected

  • 23

    Years In Business

  • 85

    Full Time Employees

  • 25,000

    Participant Database

Clinical Trials FAQ

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials on natural products are research studies in which people help doctors and researchers test out claims that are made on health and wellness products. Having scientific evidence to back up the claims on natural products helps give consumers like you confidence that the products you are buying are safe and effective.

Who conducts a clinical trial?

At KGK Science, our studies are overseen by medical doctors and a proficient team of nutritionists and clinical coordinators who will guide you through each step of your participant experience.

Who is eligible to participate in a clinical trial?

Each study has its own guidelines called “eligibility criteria”. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a trial might be age, gender, weight/height ratio and/or your previous medical history.

Will it cost me any money to join a clinical trial?

No, there are no out of pocket expenses for you to join a clinical trial other than your travel expenses to and from the clinic site. KGK Science provides you with all the necessary requirements to participate, including parking fees AND you are compensated for your time.

How long do your studies last?

Some studies are only one full day, and others may run for a few weeks or months. The schedule of visits and duration is discussed with you prior to you making a commitment to join the study.

Is my participation confidential?

All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential as per the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the Health and Information Protection Act (HIPA) and the Electronic Documents Act.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in a study we are recruiting for, you can either contact us via phone, email, or online contact form and one of our recruitment team members will respond with more information or you can fill out a pre-screen survey and find out right away if you could be eligible.

How do I know if I qualify?

After you contact us or fill out your pre-screen survey, we will arrange a time to go through a telephone screening with you, asking you more specific qualifying questions and informing you of the details of the study. If you are eligible, you may be asked to come to our clinic for a personal screening visit. Once we complete the screening visit, if you qualify you will be contacted to enroll in the study.

What are the other requirements?

Some studies require you to keep an electronic diary of your food intake or certain activities throughout the day. KGK provides access to a free web app to record your entries and you are paid for this additional time off site.

Are clinical trials safe?

Researchers, doctors, and other health professionals conduct research studies according to strict rules set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada and other regulatory agencies. These rules are to protect clinical trial participants and to make sure they are treated as conscientiously as possible. Research studies are also overseen by medical ethics groups to ensure that study participants are treated correctly.

Can I leave a research study once it has begun?

Yes. You are free to leave the trial at any time. If you do decide to leave, you should let the research team know and tell them why you are leaving the study. Early termination measures will be done to ensure your safe exit from the study.

What kind of products do you test? Are there any side effects?

We test many types of health and wellness products from dietary supplements, functional foods & beverages to cannabis, beauty topicals and personal care products. You will be provided information in writing about the product you will be taking to review during the Informed Consent process. If you have any allergies at all, please let us know when you call in.

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