Clinical Research

Clinical Research

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a scientific evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of a new medical treatment, medication or device in human volunteers. Some of the medication and devices being studied are investigational (not available on the market) and are being tested for safety and effectiveness. Other medications and devices are currently available by prescription or over-the-counter and may be tested for a new dosage or combination with another medication. Clinical trials mostly take place before new treatments can be available to the public for prescription or over-the-counter.

Why are clinical trials important?
It is important to ensure that after a drug or device is marketed it is safe and effective treatment for health conditions.

What are the risks of participating in a clinical trial?
Every effort is made to determine the risks during preclinical and early clinical studies. There may be side effects and other health risks that are as yet unknown. The reasonably foreseeable risks of a study are listed in the informed consent which is required for participation.

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
People participate for various reasons, including health, financial, and personal needs. You can gain valuable information about your medical condition which may lead to better management of your health. You may also find that the study medication that you are taking may be helpful with your symptoms.

What are the costs?
There is never a charge for participating in a clinical trial. Study medication, medical care, and laboratory care are provided at no charge to you or your insurance company. Qualified participants may be paid for their time and travel expenses.

How do I participate?
If you or anyone that you know is interested in participating in upcoming studies, please visit our website at or call 678-450-7885 for more information.

For more information please contact:
Kim A. Cook, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Clinical Research Director
Phone: 678-450-7885 (direct line)
Phone: 770-536-9864 (clinic)
Fax: (770) 297-5017