ACMR was recently featured on “The Weekly Check-Up with Dr. Bruce Feinberg” on WSB-AM 750 and 95.5 FM. Director of Operations, Eric Riesenberg, and Manager of Business Development and Clinical Ratings for ACMR, Maria Atella, sat down with host Dr. Feinberg on the February 26 show.
ACMR is one of the largest independent clinical research centers in the country and draws participants from all over the Southeast. The 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility hosts trials for both pharmaceutical medicines and new medical devices.
To open the show, Dr. Feinberg discusses how randomized clinical trials have revolutionized modern medicine, which beforehand was centered on theories and practices that were dated by hundreds of years. He also comments on how ACMR was established in an area and community that didn’t have access to such unique health-centered facilities. Eric goes into more detail of why they chose ACMRs current location and how the facility is maintained under strict ethics and review boards, ensuring safety to those who want to conduct research and to those who want to volunteer as a participant. Maria estimates that about 100 clinical trials were conducted at ACMR in 2016 and how they currently have about 15 live trials taking place. Though ACMR has a focus in studies relating to the central nervous system, they also offer clinical trials that stray from that specialty.
Eric explains that along with pharmaceutical clinical trials, ACMR conducts trials for medical devices as well. One that is currently active focuses on a urine analysis device that people can use at home that would show results useful for a diagnosis right on their smartphone. The data can also be shared via smartphone to the person’s designated doctor and be recorded in his or her medical history.
Then, Dr. Feinberg asked Eric and Maria to give more details on the process of how someone would get involved as a volunteer for a trial. Maria and Eric explained that volunteers would have access to a fully developed informed consent form that would have already been reviewed and approved by the principal investigators at ACMR. This informed consent form lists out a play-by-play, step-by-step explanation of the clinical trial. This helps both the investigators and participants to be on the exact same page throughout the entire trial. Maria goes into detail of how apart from trials that are focused on the central nervous system and neuropsychology, ACMR is really expanding into other areas of research such as obesity and diabetes.
While on the topic of specific clinical trials, Dr. Feinberg begins discussing trials that are taking place with Eric and Maria. Trials they discuss include ones focused on depression, postpartum depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain studies, and more. Eric goes into detail of how ACMR welcomes not only volunteers to participate in trials, but for physicians to really consider using ACMRs facility and services to conduct research that they’re interested in. Towards the end of the show, Maria goes into detail about a new clinical trial taking place in March that is focused on acute suicidality and how this is an example of how ACMR strives to provide research in areas that are in need of more in-depth results, statistics, and effective treatments.
The show closes with Dr. Feinberg, Eric, and Maria discussing benefits volunteers would be provided for their participation, such as reimbursement for their time and provided transportation. They stress that ACMR provides unique and state-of-the-art resources for physicians and volunteers alike and how since demands are growing, they are also in need of filling up a growing staff. ACMR continues to be a game changer in the clinical trial industry and hopes to positively impact modern medicine with the trials they run.
You can listen to the full show at: http://www.weeklycheckup.com/blog/2017/22617-eric-riesenberg-of-acmr/