ACMR was recently featured on “The Weekly Check-Up with Dr. Bruce Feinberg” on WSB-AM 750 and 95.5 FM. ACMR Director of Operations, Eric Riesenberg, sat down with guest host Dr. Scott Miller of Georgia Urology on the September 4 show, broadcast on location at the Decatur Book Festival in downtown Decatur, Georgia.
ACMR is the largest independent clinical research center in the world and invites participants from all over the Southeast, including Tennessee, Alabama, the Carolinas and Florida. While most clinical trials are pharmaceutical-related, there are also studies involving devices, quality of living, and questionnaires.
Riesenberg detailed the importance of clinical trials in our everyday lives, whether it is for a simple pain medication like ibuprofen or substantial treatment of chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. These medications must go through years of testing before they reach the market and ACMR performs research studies on many different medications and treatments. The purpose of the trials is to measure the effectiveness of the medications in helping conditions like depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The conditions that ACMR conducts clinical trials on are not just limited to a few illnesses. Riesenberg let listeners know that there are over 80 clinical trials being performed at the center for a multitude of diseases and medical conditions. Riesenberg urged listeners to go on ACMR.org to explore the trials and how to get into the candidate selection process for a trial. Not only does ACMR invite candidates who sign-up online to participate, but they also look to community advocacy groups to provide their recommendations on who might need ACMR’s help.
When asked about the benefits of participating in a clinical trial, Riesenberg spoke of the people ACMR has helped living with Alzheimer’s disease and the impact the trials have had on the patients themselves and their families. He highlighted how the patient’s families noticed a difference in their loved ones’ quality of life. For those who have family members living with Alzheimer’s, these joyful instances provide hope and happiness for the entire family. In addition to free access to medication that isn’t available in the market, participants’ expenses are covered and many trials offer compensation. Paramount to the compensation, the level of care provided by the physicians at ACMR is emphasized with personal attention and top-quality health providers for patients.
Listeners in the Atlanta-area called in with questions for Riesenberg. One caller, Jim, described his chronic back pain problems and how his current device stimulator was not helping ease the pain. He asked Riesenberg if there were any alternative pain management trials at ACMR to help manage his back pain. Riesenberg explained that they have clinical trials for both device stimulators and synthetic medications at ACMR.
Another caller, Linda, wanted to know more about clinical trial treatment options for her special needs son living with cardiac issues and Hepatitis C. She hesitates bringing him in for a clinical trial due to the complexity of his conditions. Riesenberg assured her that with over 30 doctors working in all areas of research with ACMR, they would be able to work with both cardiac issues as well as Hepatitis C. Linda thanked Riesenberg for the work that ACMR does and told him that without what ACMR achieves with clinical trials, “things would never improve” and that ACMR helps saves lives.
Riesenberg outlined the process of becoming a research participant to callers. If patients want to participate in a clinical trial, the process of joining one at ACMR is simple. First, an interested participant will speak to the recruitment and intake team, either over the phone or one-on-one in the clinic. From there, if the patient qualifies for a study, they will begin the enrollment process, which involves going over their medical history, checking safety concerns, time constraints, etc., to ensure the study is right for them.
Some of the most popular current trials are for depression and treatment resistant depression, migraines, impaired liver function, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, psoriasis, COPD, diabetes, and asthma. If patients have symptoms of any of these conditions, or another condition, ACMR encourages them to visit ACMR’s website or call them at 404-881-5800 to talk to someone about a clinical trial that would fit their needs.
ACMR also participates in educational events and health fairs to inform people about the benefits of clinical trials. If an organization is interested in having an ACMR team speak at an event, they are invited to contact ACMR at 404-881-5800.
Listen to the full interview at: http://www.weeklycheckup.com/blog/2016/9416-eric-riesenberg-of-acmr-and-dr-sandea-greene-harris-of-dekalb-medical/