Research Dermatology

Research Dermatology

For Volunteers

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study designed to answer specific questions about new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials are a means of determining whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective.

What are the different phases of clinical trials?

At Madison Skin & Research Inc., we conduct Phase II through IV clinical trials. Phase II and III clinical trials are designed to test medication or drug therapies on individuals afflicted with the disorder or symptoms the medication or therapy is designed to treat. Later phases are also conducted on individuals and are largely designed to refine the drug therapy (how much/little medication is needed to alleviate symptoms; how long before patients see the benefits, etc.). Phase IV trials usually pit one therapy against another for marketing purposes. You may have seen commercials that have one medication comparing themselves to another stating, "we outmatched the competition in clinical trials..." Each clinical trial, regardless of phase, is required to follow a very specific protocol.

What is a protocol?

A protocol is the study plan on which all clinical trials are based. It is designed to safeguard your health as well as answer specific research questions. Protocols describe what types of people may participate in the trial; the schedule and the length of the study. Participants following our study protocols are seen regularly both by the research staff and Dr. Sharata to monitor their progress and to determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

How do I become a participant?

Our studies are advertised in the newspapers, by radio and television. Additionally, we have a list of current studies on our website. If you feel that you meet the basic criteria listed in the advertisements or on the website, please contact our office to schedule an evaluation.

Clinical Trial Links:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration