AeroAllergy Research Laboratories of Savannah, Inc. (ARL) is the research affiliate of Coastal Allergy & Asthma, P.C.. The region’s premier research center dedicated to advancing the treatment of asthma and allergy, ARL offers compassionate care in a state of the art research setting. We are honored to be called a top research site by industry professionals.
- Seeking volunteers ages 12-75 years old with asthma currently on daily medicines.
- Seeking healthy volunteers who suffer with ragweed (fall) allergy ages 18 to 50.
- Seeking volunteers that have used Protopic for eczema or atopic dermatitis for an observational study.
Qualified participants receive:
Study related medical care at no cost and compensation for their time and travel.
The experienced team at ARL has conducted well over one hundred clinical studies involving asthma, eczema, rhinitis and other allergic disorders. Our certified clinical research coordinators have over twenty years of experience managing clinical trials, and ARL’s partner physicians, Brad Goodman, MD and Bruce Finkel, MD, are two of the few physicians in the region to become Certified Principal Investigators. Our physicians’ assistant, Tim Dare, is also a skilled and integral member our of clinical research team.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials are medical research studies involving human participants. These trials examine new and existing treatments to determine their safety and effectiveness in diagnosing, preventing or treating illness. Before clinical trials can be initiated in humans, however, the drug or device must go through extensive testing in the laboratory.
After initial testing is complete, clinical trials are generally conducted in four phases. Each phase is uniquely designed to establish dosage and effects of a new or existing drug, determine how well the drug works in the treatment of disease, and determine how to manage any side effects. Some clinical trials simply compare the new treatment with the best currently available treatment, an existing drug with its “new and improved” version, or analyze the relative cost effectiveness of already approved treatments. Studies may involve just a few or as many as several thousand volunteers around the world.
A patient’s safety and rights are protected in many ways throughout the clinical trials process. An ethics committee called an Institutional Review Board must review the risks and benefits of clinical studies before they begin. The FDA sets requirements for drug testing and review results from certain clinical research studies to decide if an investigational drug should be made available to the general public.
At ARL, patient care and safety is our foremost concern. We strictly follow all government guidelines and regulations and adhere to the “Good Clinical Practices” guidelines, which define the moral and ethical behavior of medical investigators. Through all phases of clinical trials, the patient volunteer is carefully monitored by one or more study coordinators and the physician principal investigator. You are always free to raise questions or concerns and a supervising physician is always available to you.