Clinical Research

What is Clinical Research?

A clinical trial is a research program or study where patients volunteer to evaluate a new medical treatment, drug, or device. The purpose of clinical trials is to find new and improved methods of treating, preventing, screening for, and diagnosing different diseases. Clinical trials make it possible to apply the latest scientific and technological advances to patient care.

Benefits of Clinical Research

  • Clinical Research provides study medications, medical monitoring, and assessments at no cost to qualifying candidates

  • Research stipends often provided for qualifying patients
  • Provide access to alternative treatments if standard of care treatments have failed

  • Help the medical communities and researchers expand medical knowledge and awareness to help future generations

  • Option for patients who have no medical insurance or prescription coverage

Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) or Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis affects nine (9) to 18 million people nationwide and is expected to be the number one cause for liver transplants by year 2020.  Risk factors for NASH include: obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, large waist line, hyperlipidemia, and metabolic syndrome. To date, there are no medications that can help prevent or stablize the effects of NASH.  Treatment options for NASH include lifestyle changes of dieting, eating healthier and exercise.  If you are struggling with the lifestyle changes  as a treatment option for NASH contact us to see if you are eligible for our clinical research studies.

Contact: Research Department at 540-206-2899 or email us at: gswva.research@roanokegastro1.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel disease refers to conditions that cause long term inflammation of the intestines. The most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease affects the intestinal lining and causes inflammation and scarring. Similarly, Ulcerative Colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the intestine. There is currently treatment for these conditions, but not everyone will respond well to these medications. If you are having trouble with you medication, or feel that you need some additional help, please contact our research team for more information about our IBD trials.

Registry and Clinical Device Trials

In addition to our drug trials, we offer a range of other research studies for relatively healthy patients. These trials include validating new medical devices for colonoscopies and developing colorectal cancer blood screenings. If you are scheduled for a colonoscopy and interested in hearing more about what research you may qualify for, please do not hesitate to reach our research team.