Schizophrenia Study (Child/Teen)

Available for qualified participants

Schizophrenia Study (Child/Teen)

Available for qualified participants

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research is seeking volunteers to participate in a child/teen clinical study on schizophrenia.

Why It's Important

Children's Bodies Are Different

Only about 30% of all medicines that are given to children during medical visits have been tested specifically for use on children. This means research is needed to see how certain medicines and procedures affect their health as they continue to grow and develop. Clinical trials will lead the way to creating more effective, efficient, and safe treatments for children and teens.

Benefits for Children

Access
Your child will have access to new medicines that aren’t available to the public yet in which researchers believe will work better or are safer than the standard.

Closer Monitoring/Additional Testing
Clinical trials also offer closer monitoring or additional testing for your child compared to regular care.

Helping Future Generations
By testing the safety and effectiveness of new medicines, your child is helping future generations find what works and what doesn’t. Participating in a clinical trial will help researchers and the public learn more about how to treat your child’s condition while becoming part of a community that understands what you’re going through.

Making the Decision

Our Highest Priority Is Your Child

We understand that it can be a scary decision to have your child participate in a clinical trial. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of your child is the highest priority not only for you, but for the research team as well. Before deciding, information about the trial along with all the risks and benefits of participating will be disclosed in an informed consent document. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. In fact, questions are encouraged so that you feel more comfortable while being more informed about each step of the research process.

The Process

Before your child is even able to sign up for a clinical trial, the said medicine has already passed two major stages of testing and checks for safety. In the first stage, the medicine has been testing in a lab. Then, the testing takes place in adults and older children when possible.

Next, when your child is able to get involved, he or she will participate in one or more of these essential phases:

  1. The first phase is where small doses of the medicine are given to test tolerance/side effects.
  2. The second phase is to take note of how effective, or ineffective, the medicine was to the disease.
  3. The third phase is where researchers have to make the decision of whether or not it would make sense for other health care professionals to adopt the medication as a dependable form of treatment.
  4. The fourth phase, often called Post Marketing Surveillance Trials, is conducted after a drug or device has been approved for consumer sale, according to CenterWatch.

It’s important to note that you have the freedom to withdraw your child from participation of a clinical trial at any point.

Safety and Protections for Children

The government enlists special protections for children in regards to protecting them in clinical research. There are also independent committees that are solely dedicated in making sure your child is safe and being treated ethically throughout the entire research process. Called Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), they review studies both before they start and throughout the study. Some studies have a Data and Safety Monitoring Board that regularly monitors safety or a Medical Monitor — a doctor or nurse not associated with the study who reviews side effects that occur.

The Team

Some studies may involve large teams while other ones only have one or two individuals managing the study.

Principal Investigator (PI)
Principal Investigator is a medical doctor, or other health care professional, that is responsible for the entire study. The PI oversees the safety of all the participants and can also be your child’s regular doctor.

Research Coordinator(s)
Research Coordinators are responsible for a variety of tasks. They handle patient recruitment as well as facilitating the trial along with the study doctor. A part of their role is to also collect data and follow up with participants.

Research Assistant(s)
The Research Assistants make sure everything runs seamlessly.

They have an understanding of all parts of the study and make sure the staff has the right equipment, medication, or devices needed for the study. Institutional review boards, study sponsors, oversight committees, and federal regulators are also important groups of people that interact with study teams during the trial.

Questions to Ask

Questions are encouraged throughout the trial to avoid confusion or discomfort. It’s recommended to prepare questions for your doctor or research team and to ask any questions that come up along the way.

Learn some good questions to ask if you're considering having your child participate in a clinical trial.

All information pulled from: www.childrenandclinicalstudies.org

 
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Space in this study is limited. To be considered, please fill out the form or call 404-881-5800.

STUDY DETAILS

No cost studies are currently available for qualified participants.

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State-of-the-art Facilities

As a former hospital, CenExel ACMR is the largest independent medical research facility ever constructed. Every aspect of the infrastructure was designed for healthcare best practices, making it a perfect setting for conducting clinical trials. 

Dr. Robert Riesenberg
Board-certified Physicians

Your safety is our greatest concern. Every study at CenExel ACMR is overseen by expert medical staff and performed by some of the most well-respected board-certified physicians in the industry, each with many years of experience in their respective specialties.

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FDA-approved Procedures

Rest assured, you are not signing up for treatment with “experimental” methods. CenExel ACMR only uses FDA-approved methods as if you were at any other hospital or clinic. Our research is focused on the medication associated with those methods.

Frequently asked questions

What is a CenExel Center of Excellence?

CenExel Centers of Excellence provide unparalleled medical and scientific support in the design and execution of clinical trials. Their attention to detail assures quality, reliable results and has helped CenExel to consistently achieve and exceed patient recruitment goals. They have conducted thousands of studies, the variety and complexity of which have resulted in a great depth of experience and insight for the principal investigators and research staff in each facility. CenExel Centers of Excellence deliver the engagement, expertise, and results to ensure that clients achieve their clinical research goals.

How do clinical trials work?

The study procedures and process will vary depending on the type of clinical trial you participate in. Before you begin a study, the process and all procedures for that study will be explained to you. Throughout the study, the Study Coordinator and the Principal Investigator will assist you and can answer any questions you have. They 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 with you after the study.

Some clinical trials involve more tests and doctor visits than you would normally have for your illness or condition. Your participation will be most successful if you carefully follow all instructions you are given and stay in contact with the research staff.

How safe are clinical studies?

There are many safeguards in place that all companies must follow when conducting clinical trials.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory agency that oversees all clinical research conducted in the United States. It is their responsible to protect the rights and as much as possible, the welfare of subjects participating in clinical trials. They ensure that data collected from clinical trials is of the highest quality and they are the agency that determines whether a new treatment should be sold in the US. Several organizations and individuals are governed by FDA regulations including clinical investigators, sponsors (the companies developing the treatments), Contract Research Organizations (companies that help conduct the studies), and Institutional Review Boards (groups that are responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of study participants).

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines are another safeguard implemented to protect the safety of subjects. These guidelines encompass federal regulations and industry-accepted standards that govern clinical trials on humans. These regulations and standards apply to the conduct of the studies, record keeping, informed consent of subjects, collection of scientific data, and submission of information needed for the FDA to determine whether a new treatment should or should not be sold in the US. All companies must follow these guidelines when conducting clinical research.

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that is formally tasked by an institution to review, approve, and monitor research involving human subjects. IRBs ensure that the risks to subjects are minimized; that subjects are adequately informed about the trial and the implications it will have on their treatment; that study protocols are modified, when necessary, to ensure safety; that risks are reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits and the importance of the knowledge to be gained; that subject selection is equitable and that no classes of patients are discriminated against; that informed consent is obtained; that there is a provision for safety monitoring in the research plan; and that here are adequate provisions for the privacy and confidentiality for subjects and the data collected.

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