I would recommend you to join a study.-Cynthia, Study Participant
I do recommend this research group!-Rosie, Study Participant
Really Enjoyed meeting everyone here.-Alex, Study Participant
ALL of you are great.-Jolene, Study Participant
and I would definitely like to collaborate with your site on future trials. I sincerely appreciate all of the efforts made to date on our studies!
They are very considerate to make every effort to make me comfortable.-Ralph, Study Participant
very helpful staff.
Everyone is aware of their responsibilities, knowledgeable of research and very cooperative. The entire organization is well run from the top down. This is my favorite site to work with!
They explain all procedures and why. The staff is courteous and friendly and they listen. They ask often if you need anything, are friendly and smiling. A smile always goes a long way, even when you don’t feel like smiling.-Diane, Study Participant
Good job, keep up the good work.
Happy to be
part of this study; will recommend this clinic to others!
and requests for study questions. Staff at the site is very friendly and accommodating. Patients' charts are very well organized and complete
Everyone is so friendly each time I have an appointment.-Gloria, Study Participant
I never felt I was in a doctor’s office; it felt like being at home.
Principal Investigator was available to meet and showed oversight in source. Data and regulatory binders were clean and well maintained.
Very willing to make the testing sessions as comfortable as if one is at home. The staff treats me with care, compassion and understanding.-Mary Ann, Study Participant
and pays attention to detail. Data corrections are usually handled quickly. All staff seem organized and are conscientious about their work.-Sanofi Monitor
as well as the study performance. A combination of professional and a concerned family.-Michael, Study Participant
We invite you to review this section if you have any questions about clinical research or what your experience as a participant might entail.
All medical evaluation and treatment related to the research study are provided to you at no charge.
A research-trained physician will oversee your care in the area being studied.
You will have the opportunity to receive and evaluate new treatments for your health concern.
Your participation will help make new devices, treatments, or medications available to the general public.
Our clinical research studies provide you with compensation for your time and travel.
Your first step is to contact Diagnostics Research Group by completing a brief email contact form.
You can access the form by clicking on the Contact Form link here.
Once you have completed and emailed the form, you should expect a member of our research-trained staff to contact you within three business days.
If you prefer, you may call us directly at 210-692-7157.
Please be aware that each clinical research study has a distinct set of guidelines and requirements for participants. Such things as age, condition being researched, medical history, and present medical condition are all considered. You can participate in a clinical research study only if you meet specific criteria for that particular study.
The FDA specifies that you can participate in only one clinical research study at a time.
Physicians who conduct clinical research are known as "Investigators" in the research industry.
Our Investigators are highly trained medical professionals who possess a wide range of medical practice and clinical research skills.
Charles P. Andrews, MD, CPI
Director of Clinical Research
Certified Principal Investigator (CPI)
John R. Holcomb, MD, CPI
Certified Principal Investigator (CPI)
Seven of our coordinators are nurses with clinical research experience ranging from five to twenty years. We have six coordinators who are certified through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals as Certified Clinical Research Coordinators. Our patients have described our coordinators as “friendly, professional, wonderful and punctual.”
A Clinical Trial is a medical clinical research study that is conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, treatments and medical devices
Clinical Trials may also evaluate new uses for drugs that are already on the market as well as evaluate and develop new treatments for medical conditions that may currently have no successful treatment available.
Before the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) will consider approving new treatments and drugs, they must be proven to be safe and effective in treating a disease or illness.
The purpose of clinical research studies is to give the FDA, controlled and accurate information to assist them in their decision-making process.
To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, new combinations of drugs, treatments, and medical devices.
They may also evaluate new uses for drugs that are already on the market, as well as evaluate and develop new treatments for medical conditions that may currently have no successful treatment available.
Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider approving new treatments and drugs, they must be proven to be safe and effective in treating a disease or illness.
Each research study is designed as a test for a specific device, treatment, or medication. The length of your participation in a clinical research study can vary from a period of weeks to several years.
We ask that you not sign the Informed Consent document until all your questions have been answered.
Clinical research studies are very highly controlled to ensure the utmost safety for the participants and are conducted under the direction of a pharmaceutical company that is responsible to and under the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The federal government requires specific laboratory research and other designated studies to be performed on any devices, treatments, or medications prior to them being tested on human participants.
All clinical research studies are conducted under the close supervision of experienced research physicians. They generally take place in medical offices, hospitals, certain accredited universities and research dedicated centers such as ours.
Another important safety requirement is that all research facilities conducting clinical research studies involving people must, by federal regulation, involve an Institutional Review Board (IRB) that approves and reviews the research to ensure compliance and safety standards.
Each clinical research study has a distinct set of guidelines and requirements for participants. Such things as age, condition being researched, medical history, and present medical condition are all considered. Remember, you can participate in a clinical research study only if you meet the specific criteria required for that study. The FDA also specifies that you can participate in only one clinical research study at a time.
Let us know if you are interested by:
One of our research-trained staff will then contact you and perform a preliminary screening over the phone. If you qualify on the basis of this initial screening, we will make an appointment convenient for you for a full screening visit at our research center. If you do not qualify for a specific study, you are welcome to join our database to be called for future studies.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your PHI (Protected Health Information). We must abide by the terms of this notice or any update of this notice.
You have the following rights concerning your PHI:
To request restricted access to all or part of your PHI. To do this, please ask for, complete, and return to this office a privacy restriction form. We are not required to grant your request.
To receive correspondence of confidential information by alternate means or locations. To do this, please ask for, complete, and return to this office a privacy restriction form.
To inspect or receive copies of your protected health information. To inspect your PHI, set up an appointment for the inspection. To receive a copy of your PHI, ask our office to copy and mail your records to you.
To request changes be made to your PHI. To do this, complete a change of protected health information form and return it to this office. We are not required to grant your request.
To receive an accounting of the disclosures by this office of your PHI in the six years prior to your request. To do this, notify this office in writing that you would like a list of all individuals and organizations to which your PHI has been sent.
To get updates or reissue of this notice, at your request.
To complain to this office or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services if you feel your privacy rights have been violated. To register a complaint with this office, complete a protected health information complaint form and return it to this office. The law forbids this office from taking retaliatory action against you if you complain.
Uses and Disclosures
We will use and disclose elements of your protected health information (PHI) in the following ways:
Treatment-Payment-Health care operations.
When laws, including in judicial settings and to health oversight regulatory agencies and law enforcement, requires release.
In emergency situations or to avert serious health/safety situations.
To medical examiners, coroners or funeral directors to aid in identifying you or to help them in performing their duties.
To organ, tissue and other donations organizations, upon or proximate to your death, if we have no indication on hand about your donation preferences (or a positive indication).
To contact you about appointment reminders, treatment alternatives and other health related benefits and services.
All other uses and disclosures by this office will require this office to obtain from you a written authorization in addition to any other permission you will provide this office.
A placebo is a non-active device, treatment, or medication. It is commonly known as a "sugar pill."
Placebos serve as a standard by which researchers test the efficacy of a device, treatment or medication.
Placebos are not utilized in all trials. We will inform you if a placebo is used in a specific trial.
Topics that you should clearly understand before participating in a clinical research study include:
► The purpose of the research being done.
► The type or phase of the clinical research study.
► Medications or treatments that will be given during the clinical research study.
► Evaluations that will be performed during the clinical research study (laboratory, X-Rays, questionnaires, etc).
► What you are expected to do during the clinical research study.
► How long your participation will last.
► The location of the study site and how often you must come to the study center.
► Whether an overnight stay at a clinic or hospital is required.
► What a placebo is and whether or not one will be used in the clinical research study.
► Benefits you might expect from the trial.
► Your right to discontinue your participation in the clinical research study.
► Any effect on your health insurance.
► How the privacy of your health information is protected.
► Whether continuing treatment is available after the clinical research study ends.
► Who is sponsoring (paying for) the clinical research study.