Clinical Trials Specialist

Seven Corners Medical Center

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Falls Church, VA

Clinical trials for emerging medications, interventions, and treatments are essential for finding new and more effective ways of treating diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and endocrine disorders. Anu George, MD, of Seven Corners Medical Center in Falls Church, Virginia, is a principal investigator for multiple trials a year. To learn if you’re qualified to participate in a current clinical trial, call or schedule an appointment online with the office today.

Clinical Trials Q & A

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are a vital phase of medical research that involves testing interventions and medications that are developed to prevent and treat disease. During clinical trials, qualified men and women are utilized to gain valuable information regarding emerging medical treatments, including:

  • Cancer therapies
  • New medications
  • New medication combinations
  • Preventive measures
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Behavioral modifications
  • Surgical procedures

Clinical trials in the United States are overseen by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which consists of physicians, researchers, patient advocates, and statisticians. The IRB ensures that each clinical trial is ethical, protects patient rights, and is appropriate to answer vital scientific questions.

Who is qualified to participate in a clinical trial?

Each clinical trial has explicit exclusion and inclusion criteria that dictate who is qualified to participate. Criteria that may determine whether or not you may be eligible for specific clinical study include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Health history
  • Underlying disease
  • Symptoms of disease
  • Previous treatments
  • Overall health status

As a principal investigator of numerous clinical trials a year, Dr. George establishes whether you qualify for inclusion in a given clinical trial. 

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

If you qualify for inclusion in a clinical trial, you may experience benefits such as:

  • Access to more potential treatment options
  • Taking an active part in medical research
  • Helping others and the future treatment of disease
  • Receiving care by experts in a given condition
  • Receiving free treatment or testing during the duration of the clinical trial

Most clinical trials utilize volunteer participants, but in some cases, sponsors of the clinical trial may offer monetary compensation. Dr. George discusses all procedures, guidelines, compensation, and requirements of any clinical trial with you.

What clinical trials are available?

Dr. George leads various clinical trials annually. Primarily, she conducts trials related to arthritis, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other endocrine disorders.

The team at Seven Corners Medical Center is committed to remaining up to date on leading medical research to support your best health and wellness. They strive to stay on the cutting edge of medical research, integrated treatments, and preventive medicine.

If you would like to see if you’re qualified to participate in a current clinical study, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Dr. George at Seven Corners Medical Center today.