Science and Research Institute

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Research

The Science and Research Institute, Inc. is conveniently located on site at The Family Arthritis Center where we have been performing Clinical Trials since 2003. Please call our Research Department at 561-747-1987 to see if you may be eligible to participate. Those participating not only have an opportunity to help the medical community but may be able to receive new medications for your condition not yet available to the general community. Research volunteers may also be eligible to receive lab testing, X-Rays, ECG’s, and doctor visits all at no cost.

The Science and Research Institute, Inc., conveniently located in our Jupiter office, is presently conducting all phases of Clinical Trials in Rheumatology. Clinical research is one of the  ways the medical world looks for new or better ways of treating illness and disease. Participating in a clinical trial is similar to your regular office visits to your doctor or provider with the exception that the medication and most procedures (labs, X-rays, ECG’s, ect.) are given at no charge to the participant. A clinical trial is a partnership between the participant, doctors, pharmaceutical company, and the FDA to study the effectiveness of a study medication. The FDA requires that all medication be thoroughly tested for effectiveness and safety before your doctor is able to prescribe them to you. Participation is voluntary and all participants are treated with respect, care, and professionalism. Participant safety is the number one priority of a clinical trial. Your medical condition will be closely monitored throughout the study by experienced research staff and physicians. Clinical trials are conducted all over the world so participants can help themselves and others improve their quality of life.

If you would like to participate in a clinical trial or learn more about them please notify your provider.

GUIDE TO ClINICAL TRIALS

Trial Participation

People volunteering to participate in a clinical trial do so for a number of reasons. Some  participate to help in the advancement of science. Some people participate because they suffer from a disease for which there are limited options available and they want to benefit from a medication not currently available while others join a clinical trial hoping to improve the medical care they are receiving. If a person does not have health insurance, clinical trials are a way to receive study-related medical care.

A clinical trial is a carefully designed study where people can receive investigational treatments under close supervision by a physician and other research professionals. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have developed these treatments and work closely with carefully selected physicians, called investigators, who are qualified to conduct clinical trials. It is through these clinical trials that investigational drugs may show their benefits.

Many safeguards are in place, and all clinical trials are independently reviewed by Institutional Review Boards.

These independent boards protect your rights and work to avoid unnecessary risks. There are usually three phases of clinical trials, with each phase involving a larger number of people.

Volunteers will receive an investigational treatment or study drug. Some will receive a placebo or a treatment already available.

A placebo is an inactive product used as a basis of comparison for the results of the study drug. Usually the participant, doctor, and staff may not know what drug a volunteer is receiving to maintain objectivity. Whether you receive a placebo or the investigational drug, the level of medical attention is the same.

Once a volunteer enrolls in a study, you will receive a physical examination. Your study physician or a research staff menber will reveiw your medical history as well. You will be asked to sign a consent form, which will consist of a detailed explanation of the study explaining in detail the risks and potential benefits.

Volunteers will recieve quality patient care and medical attention. Discussing your medical treatment with your investigator or a research staff member at any time during the course of the trial is encouraged.

It is very important that volunteers take all medication as prescribed, and all scheduled visits are completed.

Most of the volunteers appreciate the medical attention that they receive when they participate in a trial. If symptoms occur or if medication schedules are missed, the staff must be notified. Confidentiality and privacy cannot be guaranteed, but every effort will be made to protect participants. Results of the research study may be presented at meetings or in publications, but patient identities of the participants will not be disclosed. As a volunteer, you have the right to leave the study at any time and for any reason.

When the study ends, several things may happen. For a serious illness, a company might continue to provide the study medication to patients who are responding well. In this case, a patient may not have to wait for the drug to become available to the public.

After a study is complete, all of the information is collected and analyzed. This infomation determines whether a study drug is working, whether it is safe and whether it has any side effects. This data is carefully reviewed by medical advisors and specialists before any drug is approved. Even after a drug is approved, studies that compare the new drug to other drugs currently available continue.

Without volunteers, there would be no new drugs to fight diseases and ailments.

CURRENT TRIALS

Lupus Study

Phase One Study, Placebo Controlled, New Drug, For Patients with a one year diagnosis between the ages of 18-65 with a positive ANA titer.

Rheumatoid Arthritus

We have numerous studies related to rheumatoid arthritis, with free medication and labs. Must be 18 years and older with active disease.