If you qualify for a study, you will visit a study clinic in your area approximately 7 times over 12 weeks.
The RA Studies will be evaluating the effectiveness of an investigational study drug in treating the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Volunteers who qualify to take part in the study may receive compensation for time and travel expenses.
You may be eligible to take part in the RA Studies if you:
All study-related care will be provided by a team of medical professionals.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, is a chronic inflammatory disorder that joints causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function. Rheumatoid Arthritis has to potential to damage the joints of the body – since it is a systemic disease, the internal organs may also become affected, leading to disabilities.
The joint damage that may occur with RA is caused by inflammation of the joint lining tissue. Inflammation is a normal immune system response – however inn rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammation is misdirected to attack the joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis will usually affect multiple joints, most commonly those of the hands and feet. However, as the disease progresses, it can spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, hips, and shoulders. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body.
RA is an autoimmune disease that is often confused with other forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis. Typical symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include:
Risk factors of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Although the exact cause remains relatively unknown, a physician can diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis by conducting bloodwork findings, clinical evaluations and medical imaging such as x-rays. Once diagnosed, several different treatment options may be available such as DMARDS (Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs), which partially “turn-off” the body’s immune system. Pain medication may be recommended to help manage the discomfort and inflammation.
If you choose to participate in the RA Studies, your case will be followed for about 12 weeks. You will complete approximately 7 study site visits as well as telephone calls. At these visits you will undergo health assessments such as medical questionnaires and a complete physical examination.
All study-related care is provided at no cost to you. You do not need health insurance to participate.
Volunteers who take part in the study may be eligible to receive compensation for their time and travel.
A Clinical research study, or a clinical trial, is a medical study that helps to answer important questions about an investigational drug or device. For example, is the drug or device effective? How does it compare with other drugs or devices?
All medications must be tested in clinical research studies before they can be approved by regulatory authorities for doctors to prescribe to patients. Without people taking part in these studies, we would have no new treatments. The volunteers who participate in clinical research studies play a major role in helping to advance medicine.
There is no cost to participate in the RA Studies. If you qualify, the investigational drug, study-related tests, assessments, and visits will be provided to you at no cost. You will receive study-related care throughout the study from a team of professional doctors and nurses.
Volunteers who take part in the studies may be compensated for their time and travel. Please discuss this with the study team when they contact you.
What happens if I Sign Up? If you sign up, we will match you to a study clinic in your area that is seeking participants or notify you if one becomes available. They will contact you to explain more about the study before you make your decision about participating. You will attend an in-person visit where the study team will help determine if you qualify and if the study is right for you.
If you think you might like to participate in the RA Studies or would like more information, please enter your information below so we can see if you may qualify and can contact you about the studies. Keep in mind that participation is entirely voluntary. If you do decide to take part in a study, you may change your mind about participating at any time.