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Have you ever wondered about the development of medications or medical treatments that could one day improve the health and quality of life of millions of people?

Clinical trials are a fundamental part of this process. Volunteer participation in clinical trials is essential for the development and approval of new medications and medical treatments.

To discover better treatment methods and medications, pharmaceutical companies must conduct research and clinical trials. These trials help them to learn how a medication works and how safe and effective it is.

That is where Research Centers of America (RCA) comes in. As one of Florida’s leading clinical research companies, our areas of expertise include general medicine, sleep disorders, vaccines, mental health, and substance abuse, and we have conducted an incredibly wide range of clinical studies over the years.

Clinical studies are a necessary and incredibly valuable part of the process, and the people who volunteer to participate in them may benefit not only themselves but also countless others in the future. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, a medical condition, or mental illness, or would like to contribute to the development of new medications/treatments, you may be able to join one of our studies at RCA.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers intended to answer particular health questions. Clinical trials at RCA are conducted to develop new medications or treatments that can improve health. After a medication or treatment is found to be safe and effective, it may be approved by the FDA and then, it will be available for the population.

No treatment may reach clinical testing unless there is evidence that there might be an improvement over current therapies.

Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Medical treatment cannot improve without research and volunteers. Everyone would like a successful treatment available to them if they are diagnosed with an illness. By volunteering for clinical trials at RCA you can help advance knowledge about future treatments that someday you and a loved one may benefit from.

As a research participant at RCA you have the ability to take an active role in your own health, access possible investigational medications/treatments before they are widely available, and help future generations. Volunteers will also be compensated in return for their time and travel.

Who Can Participate in a Clinical Trial?

All clinical trials have guidelines about who can get into a specific study. The factors that allow someone to participate in a clinical trial are called “inclusion criteria” and those that disqualify someone from participating are called “exclusion criteria”.

These criteria are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. In order to join clinical trials at RCA, a participant must meet the requirements for the study. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others need healthy participants. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are used to identify proper participants and keep them safe and ensuring that the research questions will be answered properly.

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What Happens During a Clinical Trial?

The clinical trial process depends on the type of trial being conducted. The clinical trial team includes doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. These professionals will check your health at the beginning of the trial, give you specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor you carefully during the trial, and stay in touch after the trial is completed.

Some clinical trials include more tests and doctor visits than you would normally have for an illness or condition. Your participation will be more successful if you follow the protocol carefully and stay in contact with the research staff.

What is Informed Consent?

Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about the clinical trial such as its purpose, duration, required procedures, and key contacts, before deciding whether or not to participate. When you decide to join a clinical trial you will receive an informed consent document that includes the details about the study.  Often times, consent documents are also available in Spanish.  Joining a clinical trial is a very important decision so, you must ask the research team any questions you may have about the study before you make a decision to continue.

What Are the Benefits of Participating in a Trial?

Besides playing an active role in your own health care and helping others by contributing to medical research, you can also enjoy benefits like:

  • Access to new medical treatments or medications that are not available in the market or in medical clinics
  • Obtaining a medical evaluation at top health care facilities during the trial
  • Receive a stipend to help compensate for time and travel, if you qualify

How is the Safety of the Participant Protected?

The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials and most are federally regulated with built in safeguards to protect the participants. The trials follow a carefully controlled protocol, which is a study plan that outlines what researchers will do during the trial.  As the study progresses, researchers report the results of the trial at scientific meetings, to medical journals, and to various government agencies. Individual participants’ names will remain secret and will not be mentioned in these reports.

What Questions Should I Ask?

It is very important that you know as much as possible about clinical trials so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to participate.  The following questions might be helpful for you and some of the answers can be found in the informed consent document.

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • Why do researchers believe the new treatment being tested may be effective?
  • Has it been tested before?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
  • What are the possible risks, side effects, and benefits of the study?
  • How might this trial affect my daily life?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Who will pay for the treatment?
  • Will I be reimbursed for other expenses?
  • What type of long-term follow up care is part of this study?
  • How will I know that the treatment is working?
  • Will results of the trials be provided to me?
  • Who will be in charge of my care?

What Are the Different Phases of a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are conducted in phases. The trials at each phase have a different purpose and help answer different questions:

  • In Phase I trials, a new drug or treatment is tested in a small group of people (20-80) for the first time to evaluate its safety. Phase I also helps to determine a safe dosage range, and identify side effects.
  • Phase II trials are conducted on a larger group of people (100-300) to evaluate its effectiveness and to further determine the safety and dosage for people who suffer from a specific condition.
  • Phase III trials are conducted on very large groups of people (1,000-3,000) and are designed to confirm effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect additional information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.
  • Phase IV trials are post marketing studies that provides additional information including the drug’s risks, benefits, and optimal use.

Current Trials Open For Enrollment

C. Diff Vaccine

We are looking for healthy people to take part in a research study of an investigational vaccine for an infection called Clostridium difficile. Clostridium difficile, also known as C. Diff, is a germ that can cause diarrhea which can be serious.

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Flu Vaccine

If you are 65 years of age or older, you may qualify to participate in an investigational vaccine study for influenza at Research Centers of America with Board Certified Physician, Dr. Howard Schwartz.

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Insomnia

Trouble sleeping? Problems falling or staying asleep? Tossing and turning in bed? Dr. David Seiden, Board Certified Sleep Specialist at RCA, is conducting a clinical trial with and investigational drug. Qualified participants may receive reimbursement for time and travel.

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Depression Study

Dr. Maria DePombo, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, is conducting a clinical trial looking for volunteers who are 18 TO 75 YEARS OF AGE with a current major depressive episode of at least 8 weeks and not exceeding 18 months in duration.

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Sleep Study

Are you a nurse, hospital staff, convenience store/gas station employee, in logistics, hotel worker, club employee, police office, fireman/woman, EMT, toll operator, security guard, or anyone else who works nights and has trouble sleeping?

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Flu/Pneumonia Vaccine

We are conducting a study to evaluate an investigational flu vaccine along with the pneumonia vaccine. Research Centers of America is looking for healthy volunteers 50 years of age or older. Qualified participants may be compensated up to $340.00 for time and travel.

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Bipolar Disorder

Showing signs of a bipolar mania?

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a research study of an investigational drug for Bipolar I Disorder, please contact us today.

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Schizophrenia

Have you been diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

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Depression Study

Dr. Maria DePombo, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, is conducting a clinical trial looking for volunteers who are 18 TO 75 YEARS OF AGE with a current major depressive episode of at least 8 weeks and not exceeding 18 months in duration.

Learn More

Bipolar Disorder

Showing signs of a bipolar mania?

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a research study of an investigational drug for Bipolar I Disorder, please contact us today.

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Schizophrenia

Have you been diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

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Insomnia

Trouble sleeping? Problems falling or staying asleep? Tossing and turning in bed? Dr. David Seiden, Board Certified Sleep Specialist at RCA, is conducting a clinical trial with and investigational drug. Qualified participants may receive reimbursement for time and travel.

Learn More

Sleep Study

Are you a nurse, hospital staff, convenience store/gas station employee, in logistics, hotel worker, club employee, police office, fireman/woman, EMT, toll operator, security guard, or anyone else who works nights and has trouble sleeping?

Learn More

C. Diff Vaccine

We are looking for healthy people to take part in a research study of an investigational vaccine for an infection called Clostridium difficile. Clostridium difficile, also known as C. Diff, is a germ that can cause diarrhea which can be serious.

Learn More

Flu Vaccine

If you are 65 years of age or older, you may qualify to participate in an investigational vaccine study for influenza at Research Centers of America with Board Certified Physician, Dr. Howard Schwartz.

Learn More

Flu/Pneumonia Vaccine

We are conducting a study to evaluate an investigational flu vaccine along with the pneumonia vaccine. Research Centers of America is looking for healthy volunteers 50 years of age or older. Qualified participants may be compensated up to $340.00 for time and travel.

Learn More