Clinical Research

Dr. Sambunaris & Associates

Psychiatrist & Wellness Specialist located in Alpharetta, GA

Clinical research studies help doctors and researchers better understand diseases and develop better, more effective treatments. At Dr. Sambunaris & Associates in Alpharetta, Georgia, psychiatrist and lifestyle wellness specialist Angelo Sambunaris, MD, conducts clinical research studies with local participants. If you’re interested in enrolling in a study, call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.

Clinical Research Q & A

What is clinical research?

Clinical research trials are research studies that use real, everyday people as volunteers.

The two main types of clinical research are observational studies that develop new treatments or medications for diseases and conditions and clinical trials, which test the safety and effectiveness of these treatments.

Researchers conduct these studies under strict guidelines established by the US Food and Drug Administration and monitored by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

What are the benefits of participating in clinical research?

Clinical research studies are responsible for creating many modern medical treatments, including immunizations and some prescription drugs. By volunteering your time and energy, you’re helping make medicine, and the world, a safer place.

For many patients who struggle financially, participating in a research study is an option at no cost to the patient.

What is the difference between Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III clinical studies?

Phase I

This type of study determines the maximum tolerated dose of a new drug or medicine that won’t produce unwanted side-effects.

Phase II

A Phase II study involves clinical research with a drug whose effects are well known. During this type of trial, scientists try to find side-effects and discover how your body uses the drug.

Phase III

A Phase III study compares a new drug to a commonly used older drug. Some volunteers take the new drug and some take the commonly used one. A Phase III trial determines how a new drug fits into current treatments.

Dr. Sambunaris only participates in Phase III and Phase IV studies.

Are there risks associated with clinical research?

Risks are involved in any type of medical treatment and clinical research is no different. Before starting the trial, Dr. Sambunaris will explain the process step by step. He’ll then answer any questions you have and ask you to sign a series of waivers.

Participating in clinical research is exciting and furthers medicine as we know it, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. Take your overall health into account and consider the risks.

To learn more about the benefits of enrolling in a clinical research study, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.