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A patient’s perspective on participating in clinical trials

ANA Clinical Research: Who we are

Since 2008, the research team at Abington Neurological Associates, led by David C. Weisman, MD, has been advancing the understanding, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders. Under Dr. Weisman’s direction, ANA conducts trials for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, migraines, chronic pain, and more.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are part of the clinical research that drives all modern medical advances. Clinical trials look for novel ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease by enrolling subjects and monitoring outcomes over time. Subject safety and well-being is the top priority in all trials. They provide patients access to investigational compounds under study while also offering an opportunity to help researchers find more advanced treatments for many others in the future.

Who can participate?

Each individual trial has its own criteria for participation. Before enrolling in a clinical trial, a prospective participant must meet the guidelines for qualification. To determine if you are a candidate for a trial, we will set up an appointment for you to meet our physicians as well as other research professionals who will assist in determining your ability to participate.

We are currently seeking to enroll patients with a medical history of memory loss, general cognitive decline, MCI, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple sclerosis, or migraines. If you have been diagnosed with any of these neurological conditions, you may qualify to participate in a trial.

What are the risks and benefits of participating?

Participants in clinical trials are an integral part of advancing medicine.

Benefits:

  • Gain access to treatments before they are available to the public.
  • Help contribute to medical research and the advancement of new therapies.
  • Find hope for the treatment of your neurological condition.
  • Obtain medical care from a top-rated neurological facility.

Risks/Downsides:

  • With any investigational treatment, there may be side effects.
  • The compound may not be effective in treating the disease or the symptoms over time.
  • The visits may be lengthy and time- consuming.
  • Participating in the study may be complicated and burdensome. A caregiver or study partner may be necessary.
  • You will likely not know if you are getting a study compound or placebo.

About our clinical trials

You’re in control.
You choose whether or not to participate in a study. We’ll provide you with all of the information and support that you need to make an informed decision.

You are not giving up standard treatment.
Participants do not forfeit their ability to receive proven medical treatments when they enroll in a trial.

Confidentiality.
Your participation in the study will not be made public.

Communication and follow-up.
You will be scheduled for multiple appointments, which will be explained to you in detail during the enrollment process. We look forward to seeing you regularly. The line of communication is always open.

Voluntary, no obligation.
You can withdraw from a study at any time and for any reason.