Demystifying Clinical Research

January 27, 2012

ImageKaty McNulty is the Outreach Coordinator for NeuroTrials Research. Katy will be guest posting on the NeuroTrials blog, providing readers with a closer look into what it means to participate in a clinical research study.

As Outreach Coordinator for NeuroTrials Research, my job is to spread awareness of new research studies and help identify possible volunteers. As I talk to members in the community, I consistently find that my greatest challenge is the lack of education about clinical trials.

For many people, the idea of medical research brings to mind images of lab rats, bubbling beakers, and mad scientists. While these are powerful images that make for great movie scenes, I’m happy to reassure you that the research facility I work in every day is a far cry from Frankenstein’s laboratory.

When community members tour our facility for the first time, they seem pleasantly surprised to discover that we are set up a lot like any other medical center – patient waiting areas, medical exam rooms, and a sleep research facility with private rooms that look and feel like hotel rooms. Our investigators are distinguished neurologists, pulmonologists, psychiatrists, sleep specialists, and general practitioners who have their own successful practices, and are actively involved in the medical community.

Our staff makes every effort to help our participants feel comfortable and welcome throughout the course of the study. After successful completion, many of our volunteers request to be contacted about future research opportunities because they had such a good experience at our site.

Research is important to all of us. Without the participation of volunteers, new medications and treatments cannot become available. Research is vital to the progression of medical understanding and treatment advances for everything from our common complaints to our most devastating illnesses.

We are currently conducting clinical trials for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, Epilepsy, and Chronic Pain. Some of our more common studies include COPD, Insomnia, and Sleep Apnea.

I welcome you to contact me to learn more about our research studies. I am always happy to provide informational materials, answer questions, and arrange visits to our facility. I am also available to speak to your staff or group about any of our studies, or about research participation in general.

Being out and involved in our community is my favorite part of my position at NeuroTrials. Over the last year or so, I have met some amazing, dedicated people, and had the opportunity to learn about innovative public and private organizations that provide much needed services to our community. I am hoping that this blog will provide a platform to not only discuss and de-mystify research studies, but also highlight some of these inspiring people and services along the way.


Why Participate in a Research Study?

February 3, 2011

Possibly gain access to otherwise unavailable drug or therapy options.

According to a 2008 survey by Women’s Health Research, more than 70% of Americans who have participated in a research study say they would do it again. If you are considering  participating in a research study, read on for some commonly asked questions.


Why Participate?

  • Help discover the causes of disease and participate in the development ofpotential new treatments.
  • Medical services and/or study drug trial medications will be provided at no charge .
  • Assist researchers to develop improvements in the quality and cost of medical care.
  • Compensation for your time and travel may be available if you qualify and participate.

How Will I Be Protected?

To make an informed decision about participating, you receive detailed information about the study and your participation requirements.

  • You can opt out at any time.
  • All medical information will be handled confidentiality.
  • Our experienced staff is always available to answer questions.
  • All studies are supervised by a medical doctor.

How Long Does it Take?

The length of a research study is dependent on many factors. Studies can last anywhere from a few weeks to over a year. However, much of the research data can be gained without direct patient interaction, limiting your in-office visits.

How Do I Qualify?

Participants are carefully selected for each research study based upon the specific requirements provided by the pharmaceutical company or research organization funding the study.

Criteria may be related to:

  • age.
  • gender.
  • medical history.
  • other clinically relevant factors.

For more information on our studies,call today at 404-851-9934 or visit

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New Study- What If You Could Drink Your Sleep Aid?

January 27, 2011

Did you know twenty million people experience occasional sleep problems each year?

The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic recently posted on Healthy People 2020 & the government’s decision to include sleep health in their report on national health objectives and goals. As sleep health awareness continues to grow, many people are beginning to seek medical help in dealing with their sleep problems.

You may be familiar with CPAP therapy for sleep apnea patients as well as the variety of medications available for insomnia or narcolepsy. But what if, instead of taking a pill, you could drink your sleep aid?

NeuroTrials Research is currently conducting a clinical research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a sleep drink for those with poor sleep quality. The study requires only 3 in-office visits and qualified participants may be compensated for time and travel.

If you are generally a good sleeper but have been experiencing unsatisfactory sleep for 2-3 nights throughout the past month you may qualify to participate in this study. Participants must be between 25-65 years of age and cannot work a night shift.

For more information on this study, call 404-851-9934 or visit NeuroTrials.