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N.A.R.C. is a multi-specialty research center which conducts drug research trails sponsored by pharmaceutical centers. They have partnered with area doctors to conduct this research.  They will have different trails going at any given time and will be having additional trails throughout the year. You may contact them or stop in to discuss your medical problems to see if you would be a candidate for a clinical trial. There is no expense to participate in these trails. Contact Jaime McNeese or Lisa Shephard at 256-771-9919. North Alabama Research Center LLC is located at 721 West Market Street, Athens, AL. 35611

 What is a clinical trial?

 Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. ClinicalTrials.gov includes both interventional and observational types of studies. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.

 Why participate in a clinical trial?

 Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

 Who can participate in a clinical trial?

Who can participate in a clinical trial? All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Using inclusion/exclusion criteria is an important principle of medical research that helps to produce reliable results...

 What happens during a clinical trial?

What happens during a clinical trial? The clinical trial process depends on the kind of trial being conducted (See What are the different types of clinical trials?) The clinical trial team includes doctors and nurses as well as social workers and other health care professionals...

 What is informed consent?

What is informed consent? Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study to provide information for participants...

 What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?

 What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial? Benefits Clinical trials that are well-designed and well-executed are the best approach for eligible participants to: •Play an active role in their own health care. ...

 How is the safety of the participant protected?

How is the safety of the participant protected? The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials. In addition, most clinical research is federally regulated with built in safeguards to protect the participants...

 What should people consider before participating in a trial?

What should people consider before participating in a trial? People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it, the care expected while in a trial, and the cost of the trial...

Contact Information:
Jamie McNeese, LPN, CRC Co-Director of Research
jmcneese_narc@bellsouth.net
Lisa Shepard, LPN, CRC  Co-Director of Research
lshepard_narc@bellsouth.net

office - 256-771-9919
    fax - 256-771-2026