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What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is the study of health and illness in healthy people or in those with medical conditions. It determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products, and treatment regimens that will be used for humans. This is done through clinical trials.

Clinical trials are a type of research study that consists of experiments or observations designed to answer specific questions, such as whether a new treatment or device is safe and beneficial to people. Clinical trials are a long and careful set of processes, which can take many years to complete. If the new treatment shows promise, then it may be moved to testing in people in the form of a clinical trial.

Clinical trials show us what works and what doesn’t work. They are the best way to learn and test different options to treat different medical conditions.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

We need clinical trials to find new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Clinical trials are at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, while at the same time they are provided with access to experimental, cutting-edge treatment options they may not have had access to otherwise.

Clinical trials also provide access to a medical research team that carefully monitors all study related activity and procedures.

If you’d like to help, contact us now.

We appreciate your interest in clinical research.

Only by clinical trials and research is it possible to find newer, more innovative therapies. We believe that it is vital to contribute to the understanding and development of these therapies through testing and investigational work. If you’d like to help move medicine forward, please fill out your information here.

Our recruitment team will contact you when there is a clinical trial for healthy volunteers or for participants that matches your interest. You can always call our office during business hours to apply over the phone.

Enrolling Studies

Weight Loss Device

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Overweight adults with Wi-Fi internet access and a handheld smartphone device* may qualify.

Overall, this study may consist of four (4) visits and two (2) telemedicine visits over a period of about 16 weeks.

*Sponsor provides smartphones for study purposes.

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Early Cancer Detection Blood Draw

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Adults 60 years old or older may qualify.

Qualified participants will be compensated $100 upon successful completion of the blood draw. This study will only require a single in-patient visit.

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Weight Loss Treatment

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This study is open to adults, 18 years old or older, who are carrying excess weight and made at least one unsuccessful effort to lose weight through dietary means.

Overall, this study may consist of up to 15 in-person visits at our clinic and eight (8) telemedicine phone calls over a span of 81 weeks (about 1 and a half years.

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Pediatric RSV Vaccine

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Children between 2 to 17 years old may qualify.

The study involves up to four (4) in-person visits at our clinic and up to three (3) safety phone calls over a span of about seven (7) months.

As a child participant, parents will be compensated, up to $350 for the entire study, as well as extra compensation for travel and each completed diary entry.

Still have questions? See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

IMAGINE-Pediatric RSV Vaccine-FAQ

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Upcoming Studies

Cardiopulmonary Outcomes in COPD Events

Ongoing Studies

(Enrollment Completed)

Flu Vaccine

Enrollment Period:

11/08/22 – 11/30/22

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Adults 18 years and older may qualify.

Qualified participants will be compensated $115 for each completed study visit. Overall this study may require up to eight (8) visits over a period of about a year.

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(512) 491-1076

Flu Vaccine

Enrollment Period:

1/10/23 – 3/15/23

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Adults 18 years and older may qualify.

Qualified participants will be compensated $115 for each completed study visit. Overall this study may require up to eight (8) visits over a period of about a year.

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(512) 491-1076

Flu Vaccine

Enrollment Period:

1/10/23 – 2/27/23

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Adults 18 years and older may qualify.

Qualified participants will be compensated $115 for each completed study visit. Overall this study may require up to eight (8) visits over a period of about a year.

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(512) 491-1076

T2DM: Weight Loss Treatment

Enrollment Period:

1/30/23 – 5/03/23

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Adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity who are struggling to lose weight may qualify.

Overall, this study consists of 16 visits and seven (7) phone calls over a period of 82 weeks (about 19 months).

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(512) 491-1076

T2DM: Weight Loss Treatment

Enrollment Period:

11/08/22 – 11/30/22

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Adults with type 2 diabetes and obesity who are struggling to lose weight may qualify.

Overall, this study consists of 11 visits over a period of about 33 weeks (about 8 months).

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(512) 491-1076

Obesity Weight Loss Treatment

Enrollment Period:

1/30/23 – 4/24/23

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Adults who are clinically obese and are struggling to lose weight may qualify.

Overall this study will consist of 23 visits over a period of about 19 months. 

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(512) 491-1076

Frequently asked questions

Why should I participate?

The health of millions has been improved because of advances in science and technology, and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you to take part in clinical research. The role of volunteer subjects as partners in clinical research is crucial in the quest for knowledge that will improve the health of future generations. Find out more here: https://youtu.be/jR9RsUZvMq4

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are a means of developing new treatments and medications for diseases and conditions. There are strict rules for clinical trials, which are monitored nationwide by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), especially when they involve new drugs. Learn more here: https://rth.li/faq

What is clinical research?

Research is a way to answer a question and gain knowledge. We use knowledge gained from research to come up with new treatments. Learn more here: https://rth.li/faq

What is a consent form?

Informed consent is the process that gives information to people who are thinking about taking part in research.

Everyone who participates in clinical research must give consent. An Informed Consent Document gives participants an overview of the study including its potential risks and benefits. It’s important for participants to understand what to expect during a trial. Learn more here: https://rth.li/faq

Can I leave/ Can I change my mind?

Yes. You can leave a clinical trial at any time for any reason. When withdrawing from the trial, you should let your research team know about it, and the reasons for leaving the study.

What is a protocol?

A protocol describes the rules to follow during the research. For example, a protocol states why it is important to study the research question and how the research team will answer the research question. Learn more here: https://rth.li/faq

What are the different phases?

Clinical trials are conducted in a series of progressive phases that are designed to determine whether a treatment should move forward in the testing and approval process. Learn more here: https://rth.li/faq

Will I be compensated?

Participants may be reimbursed for their time and travel for participating in clinical trials. The amount of compensation varies per study, please ask your research team during your next appointment.

What are the benefits?

You may get a new treatment for a disease before it is available to everyone. You play a more active role in your own health care. Researchers may provide you with medical care and more frequent health check-ups as part of your treatment. You may have the chance to help others get better treatment for their health problems in the future.

What is involved with a clinical study?

Before you start you will be taken through all the steps of the study. This is called the informed consent process. You will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered before you decide whether to participate in this study.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. Your privacy will be respected, and no information will be given out about your participation and/or your medical information without your permission or unless required by law.

How is my information being protected?

Your information will be confidential as required by law. It will be stored securely and only be accessed by authorized individuals.

How do I know if a study is right for me?

You should consider several things when selecting a study:

  • Understand the commitment of each study. How long is the study? How many visits are expected? Etc.
  • Are you eligible for the study?
  • Is the trial open label? Meaning—will you have access to the treatment after the study at no cost?

What can I expect in my prescreening visit?

Before a screening visit, you can expect a prescreening visit. Prescreening visits can happen over the phone and in person. Your first prescreening visit will be over the phone with our research team. A member of our team will review eligibility criteria with you and review the general study overview. After completing the prescreening phone call, you may be eligible to begin the screening process.

How long do trials last?

Trials can last anywhere from a single visit to a couple of weeks to months or even years. Participation is always voluntary though and participants can drop out at any time if needed.