Clinical Studies

Find out about our past and current research studies.

All studies have entry criteria that you must meet in order to be enrolled; these criteria vary widely from study to study and are designed to make sure that your safety is protected and that the data produced by the study is useful.

Once all screening procedures are performed and the study doctor and Sponsor of the study have all the information needed to make sure you are eligible to be in the study, then you may be enrolled into the clinical trial.

 

If you would like to participate in our research program please contact our Research Coordinator at  

909-335-8938 or jsmith@vrsurgeons.com

Screening Process

If you agree to participate in a clinical trial, you must be “screened” to make sure you qualify for the study. The Research Coordinator schedules this screening appointment with you. During a typical screening visit, you can expect to have the following assessments:

  • Review and signing of the Informed Consent Form, after your questions are answered and the study doctor feels the patient adequately understands the content of the consent form

  • A visual acuity exam: an assessment of how well you can see, with corrective lenses

  • Measurement of pressure inside the eye and dilation of the pupil

  • Ocular imaging procedures: Optical Coherence Tomography and Fluorescein Angiography, for example

  • Complete Ophthalmic Exam: the doctor will examine your eye(s) thoroughly and note all findings

  • A review of your medical and surgical history, as well as medications being taken
    Some trials require the following additional assessments:

  • Collection of blood and urine samples be collected

  • A complete physical exam by your primary care doctor

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Research Coordinator

Jacque Smith CRC

Jacque Smith, our Certified Research Coordinator since 2012, is responsible for the overview of clinical research studies for drugs and devices applicable to Ophthalmology. This includes study management, patient progress and care, drug and device accountability and inventory, the oversight of patient protocol and procedures, as well as patient documentation.

Jacque’s qualifications include certification in: OCT and Fundus Photography, ETDRS refractions and visual acuities, I-D Net and Phlebotomy. She has also had previous education with the American College of Health Professionals and JCAPHO. Her career with RCSC began in 2001 with the supervision of our ophthalmic technicians.

Her extensive experience in Retina and Ophthalmology has made her a great asset for our practice and allowed her to assist in various studies alongside our doctors in the advancement of treatment of retinal eye diseases.

 

If you would like to participate in our research program please contact our Research Coordinator at 

909-335-8938 or jsmith@vrsurgeons.com

Clinical Trial FAQs

Who can participate in a clinical trial?


Every clinical trial has a unique protocol that outlines who can participate in a study. A patient must meet certain inclusion and exclusion criteria in order to participate in a study. Some of the inclusion/exclusion that is used to identify participates include things such as age, type of disease, other medical conditions. The inclusion and exclusion lists are important to help identify the correct patients with a specific disease or condition and to promote patient safety while participating on the trial.




How does a clinical trial work?


Patients that participate in clinical trials are usually randomized (assigned) into a specific treatment group. Patients in one group may receive the investigational medication or device, and the other group may receive the placebo (an inactive product) or a treatment that is already available. The patient, physician and the research staff may not know if they are given the placebo or the investigational medication, so that all of the patients can observed the same way. Regardless of which treatment group the patient falls under, all patients will receives the same level of medical attention and care.




What are the benefits and risks of joining a trial?


When a patient agrees to participate in a clinical trial they are helping to develop medical treatments and cures for medical conditions and diseases. Patients also are playing an active role in their health care. Participating in research gives the patient access to medical treatments before they are available. Just as there are benefits to participating in a clinical trial, there are also risks involved. Some risks to participating in a clinical trial are that the experimental treatment may not be effective and may not help the medical condition. There maybe unpleasant, serious, or even life- threatening side effects from the experimental treatment.





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