All medications must be tested before doctors can prescribe them to patients. This testing happens in clinical studies, also called clinical trials, in which patients who take part help improve healthcare. The clinical study process happens in 3 main phases:
Phase 1 Trials: These early studies test whether a drug should be given by mouth, injected into the blood, or injected into the muscle. They also test how often the drug should be taken and what dose is safe. A Phase 1 trial usually enrolls only a small number of patients.
Phase 2 trials: A Phase 2 trial further tests the safety of the drug, and begins to test how well it works. Phase 2 studies usually include patients with a certain disease.
Phase 3 trials: These studies test a new drug compared with the standard therapy. A participant will usually be randomly assigned to take the standard therapy or the new drug. Phase 3 trials often enroll large numbers of people and may take place at many doctors’ offices, clinics, and study sites.
Brain Matters Research is located in Delray Beach, Florida. The facility has expanded to 11,000 square feet of laboratory space. Brain Matters Research is in close proximity to the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with access to Bethesda Medical center in Boynton Beach, Florida. Researchers for Brain Matters Research have collaborated with Scripps Research in Jupiter which operates a 350,000-square-foot facility consisting of three buildings completed in early 2009. Adjacent to Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter is a branch of the Max Plank Institute. Brain Matters Research is currently discussing collaboration with the new Max Plank Institute along with Scripps Florida focusing on Alzheimer’s disease treatment research. The new Scripps campus is already becoming the focus of an emerging cluster of biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms including Brain Matters Research.
All clinical trials research are sponsored by various pharmaceutical companies and are closely monitored by the Federal Food and Drug Administration while seeking to conquer this devastating disease.