Atlanta Center for Medical Research

About Your Experience

Yes. All information provided to Atlanta Center for Medical Research is kept strictly confidental. Information will only be shared with your primary care physician if you give us permission to do so.

No. There are no costs to the participants for any processes related to the study and health insurance is not required to participate. Often, qualifying participants are paid for their time and travel. The amount of time required and length of the trial often determines a participant’s compensation.

When selected for a study, a staff member will reach out to the participant about the expectations of the first appointment. Some examples of items asked to have available are prescriptions, a physician’s contact info, and medical records, if available.

A consent form will be given to all participants detailing expectations of them during the trial. Sometimes, participants may have a physical examination and a review of their medical history. The timing varies depending on the particular trial.

Each participant in a study at the Atlanta Center for Medical Research that does not require overnight accommodations will be placed in spacious, private rooms with windows, desk, television and phone, comfortable furniture, Internet access, and a private restroom. Participants in studies requiring their presence for more than four hours stay in larger versions of the same rooms with a couch and other added amenities. This gives these participants more space to move around and greater comfort during their stay.

For any medical research study that requires overnight accommodations, the Atlanta Center for Medical Research has private rooms, each with a private bathroom, comfortable furnishings, and entertainment and communications options. Common areas are open and recreation areas offer games, music, television, and other activities.

ACMR even designed specially approved smoking rooms outfitted with high efficiency smoke filters so that participants who smoke do not have to leave the study unit.

A modular floor plan with access-controlled doors and buffer zones allows ACMR to keep participant groups in separate units for the safety and privacy of all participants.

About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials (also referred to as clinical studies or clinical research) are research studies using volunteers to test the effectiveness of new medical treatments.

You may be benefitting the future of others by helping with the evaluation of new investigational medications. When participating in a clinical research study, you may have access to the latest investigational medications that are not otherwise available. All visits, tests, and procedures related to the study are at no cost to you and do not require insurance.

Because clinical studies vary, the needs for volunteers also vary. Researchers design clinical studies with certain eligibility criteria in mind based on what they are researching. These criteria establish a set of guidelines for who can participate in a trial and outline the characteristics qualified volunteers must possess (e.g., age, gender, particular symptoms).

Yes, some clinical trials may take the form of surveys, typically completed online, that do not require a physical visit to a site. However, most trials will require at least one in-person visit. Trial teams can provide more information about the frequency of visits.

A trial team can consist of a principle investigator, study coordinator, research assistant, research nurses or other members of ACMR’s team. Trial team sizes vary depending on the size of the trial. Trial teams are the best resource to learn more about what is involved in a study and to ask questions of when you are considering trial participation.

About ACMR

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is the physical manifestation of our more than three decades of research expertise, with every design decision made with research needs in mind. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

The sponsors of research studies conducted by the Atlanta Center for Medical Research are pharmaceutical companies, device companies or research organizations searching for new treatments.

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the following studies:

  • ADHD Adult and Child/Teen
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma/COPD Child/Adult
  • Bipolar Adult and Child/Teen
  • Child Obesity
  • Dementia
  • Depression Child/Teen/Adult
  • Diabetes Child/Adult
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Liver Impairment
  • Migraines
  • Osteoarthritis/Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia/Chronic Nerve Pain
  • PTSD
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Schizophrenia Adult and Child/Teen

*The most frequently conducted trials at ACMR’s facilities.

Security and emergency preparedness are critical at theAtlanta Center for Medical Research in order to ensure the safety of participants, the confidentiality of their personal information and compliance with HIPAA and federal laws.

ACMR’s 24-hour medical staff is trained to respond to any adverse reactions or medical complications that may occur to a research participant.

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