Become a Participant

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial (also called a clinical research study) is a research program with human volunteers to determine the effectiveness, safety and side effects for new compounds that have shown promise in earlier laboratory studies and animal research. Some studies involve research with existing medications for the treatment of conditions for which the drug was not originally developed (there are also studies involving medical devices rather than compounds). Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find effective and safe treatments. Before a clinical trial is ever initiated there will have been years of prior laboratory work and animal studies to determine safety and usefulness. Studies are closely and consistently monitored. The entire clinical trials process leading to the approval of new drugs for human use is under the umbrella of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Independent Review Boards (IRB’s).

Why participate in a clinical trial?

There are many reasons people volunteer to participate in a clinical trial. Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, and at times gain access to new research treatments before they are otherwise available. Participants often gain satisfaction in helping others by contributing to medical research. Some volunteers have not benefited from existing medications. Other volunteers do not have health insurance or access to other medical care. Whatever the reasons and motivations, the safety and well-being of participants is at all times the primary consideration.

Trials at Finger Lakes Clinical Research

The majority of clinical trials at FLCR are in the CNS (Central Nervous System) field. This includes: major depression, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, ADHD, anxiety (GAD), cognition and other brain disorders.

The Physician

All trials at FLCR are conducted under the personal supervision of Sarah Atkinson, MD, a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 25 year experience.