Our neuroscience clinical trial program is unique, the only one of its kind between Los Angeles and Northern California. Partnering with major pharmaceutical companies and their scientists, we provide current and prospective patients the opportunity to help in the testing of the newest experimental medications. Medical insurance is not required, and there are no out-of pocket expenses to qualified volunteers for study-related medication, evaluation, or care. Our research program is currently open to patients with memory impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, and other neurological disorders. You do not need to be a patient of Dr. Sutton or Dr. Presant to volunteer for a clinical trial.
The process to join our program is simple. First, all of our actively enrolling studies are listed online. For a list our actively enrolling Alzheimer’s disease trials, please click here. For a list of our actively enrolling Parkinson’s disease trials, please click here. If a study interests you, please contact us by phone at (805)278-4148 or by email. Let us know a bit about yourself or your loved one, why you are interested in the study, and the best way to reach you. When we reply, we will explain what is involved in the participation of a clinical trial and answer any questions you may have. We may also ask you a few questions to see if we have a clinical trial for which you might qualify. At that point, if we have a suitable clinical trial opportunity, we will arrange for a convenient time for you to visit our center.
The purpose of this visit is to allow for an in-depth discussion of any study or studies in which you are interested. This personalized educational session takes about an hour. It will allow you ample time to ask as many questions as you like. To get the most out of your visit, we encourage you to come with an interested family member, caregiver, or friend. During this visit, Dr. Sutton or Dr. Presant will review the clinical trial or trials in detail, going over the Institutional Review Board approved information and consent form. The doctor will also ask you some questions to make sure that the study you are interested in is a good fit. Before agreeing to participate in the study, we will ask you to take the consent form home to review it carefully with your family and loved ones. We also encourage you to have your personal physician review the consent form, so we can address any concerns or questions that he or she may have about your participation. If and when you decide to participate in a study, we will schedule you for another visit. At that visit, we will review the consent form with you again, answer any remaining questions, sign the consent form together, and proceed with the initial “screening” visit.