21 Sep 7 Clinical Trials Now Open
Many people have heard of clinical trials now that there’s a race to find a COVID vaccine, but there are many types of clinical trials and one might be right for you. Spectrum Dermatology is proud to host a number of clinical trials in the area and works with the most advanced researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech firms in the world. Clinical trials are a critical part of clinical research and foundational for medical advances. A clinical trial considers a new way to stop, diagnose, or treat diseases. For those struggling with dermatological issues, clinical trials are what finds new and improved ways of treating the 3,000+ skin conditions.
The treatment during a clinical trial can involve just about anything, from a new drug or combination of pharmaceuticals to surgical devices and procedures. There is usually a “control group” when a clinical trial takes place, which includes participants who do not get the “real” treatment being tested (i.e. they are given a placebo instead of the pharmaceutical drug being tested). However, even if you are part of the control group, you are still helping advance medicine. Control groups are necessary to gauge the effectiveness of the new treatment.
Clinical Trials at Spectrum Dermatology
Clinical trials are the last stage of testing before a treatment is approved for the general public. When it gets to a clinical trial, the research has already undergone years (in most cases) of rigorous lab testing. This means it is considered relatively safe and efficient. People volunteer for clinical trials for many reasons. Those who have a specific disease or condition might be getting the latest treatment coupled with unprecedented support and attention from the research team. Healthy volunteers might participate because they want to be part of taking science to the next level.
However, candidacy for clinical trials can vary. At Spectrum Dermatology, clinical trials exclusively address dermatological concerns. There are currently seven clinical trials seeking participants and details of candidacy can be found within each open call.
Skin Conditions in Clinical Trials
Spectrum Dermatology is recruiting for a hives/urticaria clinical trial. Hives is a very common condition that can be caused by a number of triggers. Most symptoms of hives are mild and go away on their own, although anti-itch medications are currently the typical treatment. If you have a history of hives, you might be eligible for this clinical trial that is considering an improved way of treating urticaria.
Warts are another very common skin condition. There are different types of warts and although they aren’t dangerous, they can be annoying, embarrassing, and even painful depending on the location. Warts are highly contagious, and once you have a wart you’re more likely to get them again. We are currently recruiting for volunteers for a warts/Verruca Vulgaris clinical trial to test new treatments.
At the Forefront of Science
A clinical trial for plaque psoriasis is also currently recruiting volunteers. Psoriasis is one of several dermatology issues where there is no cure—yet. If you suffer from plaque psoriasis, you may be able to help researchers advance treatments. We are also recruiting volunteers for a clinical trial for Atopic Dermatitis/eczema, another uncomfortable condition that currently has no cure.
If you have Prurigo Nodularis, we are recruiting participants for this study as well. This condition, which causes painful lumps, can be debilitating in severe cases. Another clinical study recruiting participants is for Vitiligo, which (although not dangerous) can cause emotional and mental distress due to pigment loss in patches. There is currently no known cure for Vitiligo. Finally, volunteers are needed for a study on alopecia, or hair loss. There are various types of alopecia, and both men and women of all ages can struggle with hair thinning and loss.
Clinical Trials and You
In addition to helping advance science and potentially being one of the first to personally benefit from a new treatment or procedure, many clinical trials also reimburse participants for their time and travel. Any compensation is disclosed before you sign up for a clinical trial and participants can stop at any time without any risk of losing compensation they have already earned.
Take a look at the clinical trials currently seeking volunteers today and remember that new trials are always being added. To learn more about the clinical trials happening at Spectrum Dermatology, call (480) 948-8400.