ACMR was recently featured on The Weekly Check-Up with Bruce Feinberg on WSB-AM 750 and 95.5 FM. Chief Executive Officer, Eric Riesenberg, Recruiter and Enrollment Specialist, Dmitri Iskhavkov, and Clinical Research Conductor, Carol Hannasch, sat down with host Dr. Feinberg on the January 20th show.
The show opened with Dr. Feinberg emphasizing the importance clinical research serves in the medical community. He believes research has been the primary advancement of healthcare in the modern era of medicine. Riesenberg expanded on this conversation by explaining that ACMR has a unique campus for the medical research industry. It is a solely research-dedicated site investigating a wide range of clinical trials for medical conditions, ranging from central nervous system (CNS), vaccination, medical, and devices.
On the show, the three ACMR team members encouraged listeners to learn about volunteering for clinical research at ACMR. Currently, volunteers are needed for a wide range of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease trials. Also, as opioid addiction becomes a bigger problem in our country, ACMR is focused on research for other types of pain management to give our community safer alternatives. The center also has trials to help with conditions that are less debilitating, but affect daily health, such as asthma and migraines. Riesenberg, Hannasch, and Iskhavkov urged listeners who suffer from these conditions or have loved ones who suffer to consider volunteering for a trial. ACMR strives to make the volunteer process for participants as comfortable as possible throughout the entire experience. The center offers transportation, compensation, and even meals to their participants. Also, participants receive quality care without out-of-pocket costs or health insurance requirements.
Hannasch shared another interesting study being conducted at ACMR for adolescent postpartum depression, one of the studies for postpartum depression being researched at the center. Currently, there are no treatment options on the market for postpartum depression. Often, mothers are prescribed medication for depression after diagnosis. However, on the show, the ACMR team shared that research is indicating that postpartum depression requires its own medication treatment that differs from depression medications. While researching this condition is challenging, Riesenberg shared that ACMR believes it is important to focus on it. ACMR is passionate about finding potential resources to help mothers take better care of themselves and their new babies.
Iskhavkov spoke of how ACMR has continuously worked with many pharma groups on a wide variety of research for depression and Parkinson’s disease. He explained to the listeners that there is a broad spectrum of each of these disorders, and ACMR researches multiple types of treatment for each condition. For depression, the center has a current trial seeking participants who have failed previous treatment. For Parkinson’s disease, there is a trial seeking participants who are facing mild cognitive impairments. Their conditions are now more than just a tremor associated with Parkinson’s disease. The participants needed for this trial are having trouble with basic memory issues, such as using a phone or a remote control. Iskhavkov explained that these two specific trials are examples of how ACMR researches a wide variety of potential treatment options per each condition.
The ACMR team encouraged listeners to visit ACMR’s website at ACMR.org or to call in for more information on current clinical trials at 404-881-5800. On the website, you can read about all of the conditions with ongoing trials. There is also contact information to learn about each trial’s inclusion and exclusion criteria to determine eligibility for each one. Also, Riesenberg emphasized that not only does the center want interested volunteers for their research studies, they also need interested researchers. More information for potential volunteers and researchers is on the website.