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 www.neurotrials.com

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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.


Your Child in a Clinical Study

April 22, 2009

childatdoctor1Did you know that children are some of the most needed and important participants in clinical trials? Children have a unique make-up and respond differently to treatment than adults. Doctors have discovered that it is dangerous to translate medicines proven effective in adults to children. It is not enough to simply change the dosage; children need unique medications and treatments created especially for them.

It is in the creation of these unique medications and treatments that clinical trials come into play. Clinical Studies are the best way that we have to make sure that a medical treatment is safe and effective. Clinical Research is sometimes the only way that researchers can discover what works in children and what doesn’t. Clinical trials are especially useful with rare diseases in children where no treatments or cures have been found.

Have you ever considered that your child may be prescribed a drug never before tested on children? Many medications given to children produce different side effects than they do in adults. Until recently, very little research has been done on kids for the drugs they take or may take in the future. Often they are given drugs that have only been tested on adults. In fact, approximately 70 percent of prescribed drugs for children have never been tested on children.

Children’s bodies are constantly changing and developing. We have to understand how a body that is growing will respond to drugs. We all must understand that in order to benefit from medicines that are effective in children, we must test them on children.

In addition to potentially helping your own child by exposing them to the newest technologies and medication, you child’s participation in a clinical trial can help many other children in the future beat serious diseases and illnesses.

There is no reason to worry about your child’s participation in a clinical study. At no other time will they have as many safeguards on their well-being as they do during a clinical trial. Researchers are just as concerned about your child’s safety as you are.

Finally, before enrolling your child in a study, remember that you are your child’s advocate. Feel free to ask any questions of the researchers and doctors in charge. Getting the answers to your questions will help both you and your child feel more at ease. Also, researchers depend on parents to be aware of how children are responding to clinical treatments. It is important to be aware of any changes and to report them immediately to the researcher or doctor in charge.

Much of the material from this post was taken from this insightful video from the National Institutes of Health. Click here to view video.


5 Things to Know Before Participating in a Clinical Trial

April 22, 2009

clincial-trialParticipating in a clinical trial at NeuroTrials Research offers you many benefits. First of all, if you qualify, you may have access to medications and medical devices that are not yet available to the general public. Clinical studies have the potential to help researchers find a cure for your symptoms and diseases and pave the way for new and effective treatments for future generations.

There are five things that you should know before signing up to participate in a clinical trial.

1. 1. What do researchers hope to learn from this study?

Some clinical trials are designed to test medicine, while others are designed to test diagnostic techniques or treatments. In addition, some trials test whether certain medications are effective, while others test what doses are safe.

2. 2. Who will be my primary researcher during the trial?

It is important to know the doctors and researchers that you will be meeting with throughout your trial. Make sure you understand who is in charge and don’t be afraid to ask them any questions that arise throughout the process.

3. 3. Are there any expected side effects?

Most of the time, researchers will know what side effects are to be expected during the clinical trial. It is beneficial to know up front what side effects to look out for and what you should do if you experience them.

4. 4. What are the risks and benefits associated with the trial?

Many times participation in a clinical trial will expose you to the best available treatments. The benefits from these treatments are often numerous and it is good to ask questions beforehand so you know what benefits you should expect. It is also important to fully understand the risks involved in the study before signing up.

5. 5. How long will the trial last?

Clinical trials can vary in length from just one day to many years. Make sure that the duration and number of appointments in the trial work well with your existing schedule.