Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans.
These trials are closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as well as central governing entities called Institutional Review Boards. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or individuals.
PREVIOUS CLINICAL TRIALS
8/2010 - 7/2015 Principal Investigator, University of California, Irvine, Dept of Dermatology
8/2007 - 7/2008 Principal Investigator, Psoriasis Foundation Gene Bank
7/2006 – 6/2007 Sub-Investigator, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dept of Dermatology
As the former Director of Clinical Research at University of California, Irvine and the principal investigator of multiple Dermatology clinical trials, Dr. Jennifer Soung is a leader in clinical research and advanced treatments for chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and skin cancer.
What are the advantages of participating in a clinical trial?
In addition to offering new treatments for skin conditions, clinical trial patients are generally more closely monitored than patients outside of clinical trials. This includes in-office examinations by a board certified dermatologist, more time with staff, and more assessments such as blood draws, x-rays, and electrocardiograms. Participation in a trial is at no cost and typically compensation for time and travel is provided. By far the most important reason to participate in a clinical trial is to treat a medical condition. Our staff will discuss each trial at length with you if you think you might benefit.
Do I have to stay in a clinical trial?
Participation in a trial is always voluntary. Dr. Jennifer Soung and her staff will discuss all treatment options with you to help you make a decision. Once you are in the trial, you can stop participation at any time for any reason.
What are the phases of clinical trials?
Clinical trials go through 3 phases before a drug is submitted to the FDA for approval. Phase 1 is a very limited trial during which the safety of the drug is assessed. Phase 2 trials are to establish both the effectiveness and safety of a medication. Phase 3 trials are to ensure that it is effective and safe in a broad range of patients for a long term.
How do I sign up for a trial?
As trials are available, they will be posted on this website along with some general criteria of who might be eligible for participation. If you are interested, please contact the office at (714) 474-2173. If you qualify for a study, you will be contacted and scheduled for a pre-screening visit.
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