Neurological Associates has been actively involved in research trials
in many different neurologic diseases for over 15 years. We conduct Phase
II through Phase IV trials. Some of these trials are developed by our
physicians while others are part of larger national and international
collaborative efforts. We have a fully functional research center and
a research staff. Most of our trials are conducted in our offices; however,
some of the trials require inpatient monitoring and those trials are
conducted at Banner Good Samaritan Hospitals.
Research conducted at PNA involves a spectrum of efforts, from searches
for new therapeutic areas that are targeted at improving and prolonging
the survival rate of patients with ALS, MS, and Neuropathy. Overall,
research here focuses on an array of conditions, including, Dermatomyostitis,
Polymyositis, Inclusion Body Myositis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Small Fiber
Neuropathy, Amyotrophic Lateral Scelerosis, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis.
general, clinical trials are used to test the safety and effectiveness
of drugs and medical procedures in a human population.A clinical trial
is a research study involving people who volunteer to participate. It
is one of the final stages of medical research necessary to evaluate
promising new approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Clinical
trials most often investigate new drugs or combinations of drugs, as
well as drug doses and schedules. Many clinical trials are performed
to see if a new drug or device is safe and effective for people to use.
Clinical trials can also compare existing treatments to determine which
is more efficacious and better tolerated.
This ongoing collaboration between physician investigators and study
volunteers is one of the foundations of modern healthcare, because clinical
trials help set the standards for patient care. There are potential benefits,
as well, for clinical trial volunteers. For instance, volunteers with
existing diseases or conditions can play a more active role in their
own healthcare, gain access to new research treatments before they are
widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
When you join a clinical trial, you receive a new drug and/or procedure
or the current standard of care. Researchers then evaluate the effect
of the new treatment and compare it to the standard treatment. New findings
can play a significant role in shaping the future of treatment and advancing
the overall level of care available.
Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to
find treatments that work in people, and new ways to improve health.
Today, the PNA is currently involved in 28 different trials and are currently
recruiting for several clinical trials of various types for different
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