Tagged: Clinical Research Chattanooga

Open House Screening

Posted on May 27, 2020

Did you know that being overweight, having high cholesterol, hypertension, or diabetes is a risk factor for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?

Fatty liver is a silent disease with few to no symptoms.

Participate in a no-cost screening at ClinSearch to see if you may have fatty liver (NAFLD). The screening will be a 30-minute appointment. You will receive a liver scan at no cost.


What: Free fibro scan! Free screenings for fatty liver (NAFLD)

Where: 6035 Shallowford Rd. Suite #109 Chattanooga, TN 37421

Fill out the form below to schedule your appointment!

Our Staff Discusses COVID-19 Crisis on WPTF Podcast

Posted on May 21, 2020

Aubrey Farray is the Phase I clinical manager at Wake Research in Raleigh, N.C., the headquarters of the site network ClinSearch belongs to. He recently spoke with hosts Jason Kong (WPTF) and Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights) of WPTF’s Aging Well podcast on clinical trials in the COVID-19 crisis.

In the interview, he details the process of clinical trials — explaining what participating in a clinical trial entails for those who have questions, and discusses how the elderly population can still participate in ongoing clinical trials, and do so safely during COVID-19.

Farray also tells Aging Well how Wake Research and all of its sites are keeping current clinical trials safe for all participants during the COVID-19 crisis, and emphasizes the important role clinical trials have right now in researching and testing drugs to treat COVID-19.

Listen to the full interview here:

 

Vaccine Awareness: What You Need To Know

Posted on May 1, 2020

Vaccines: Importance and Frequently Asked Questions

Right now, there is a large focus on the urgent need to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that currently has no approved treatment or immunization. This has brought an awareness to vaccine research and development, and just how important it is more than ever.

There is a lot of misinformation that circulates regarding vaccines and what immunization does, so here are a few of the frequently asked questions about vaccines, answered.

Why should we vaccinate?

Vaccines and childhood immunization are vital practices to protecting yourself, your children, and the entire population from contracting dangerous diseases and from preventing outbreaks and pandemics.

As we are experiencing now with COVID-19, pandemics are scary, life-changing and affect much more than just our health and daily lives. Vaccines protect against diseases that have the possibility to become pandemics, and by continuously vaccinating, it is even possible for diseases to become completely eliminated – for example, smallpox.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines create immunity in the body. When a virus infects the body, the immune system responds to this antigen with antibodies designed to fight it. The first time the body is infected with a specific antigen, the immune system must create those antibodies, which is why you get sick. But if that antigen infects you again, the immune system can recognize it, already has those antibodies, and can fight it off before you get sick.

Vaccines help this process by containing parts of the antigens that are weak enough to not infect you but are still strong enough to elicit an immune response – giving the body protection if ever exposed to this disease again in the future.

Do vaccines cause side effects? Are there risks?

Vaccines can cause minor side effects. These are usually very mild, like a sore arm at the site of the shot or a low-grade fever, and only last a few days. Like any medication or medical treatment, vaccines are clinically tested for safety and continuously monitored to ensure no adverse side effects are experienced. Also like any medication, some individuals may have a more serious reaction and need medical attention. But this is very rare. The protective benefits vaccines provide greatly outweigh the risks of side effects. As always though, discuss the risks and benefits vaccines provide with your doctor.

What diseases do vaccines prevent?

Vaccines protect against many dangerous viruses and diseases that without protection can have serious health consequences like disability or death. These include:

Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria, Flu (Influenza)

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

HPV (Human Papillomavirus, Measles, Meningococcal (Meningitis)

Mumps, Pneumococcal (Pneumonia), Polio (Poliomyelitis)

Rotavirus, Rubella (German Measles), Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Tetanus (Lockjaw), Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

What is Vaccine Research and Development?

Another important part of immunization is ongoing vaccine research and development. For example, COVID-19 was just introduced to humans this year– meaning no one had built-up immunity for it, nor was there a vaccine to protect against it. Currently, researchers, scientists, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies are working hard to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 so that people all over the world can be protected from this deadly disease.

What would a vaccine mean for COVID-19 specifically?

To date, COVID-19 has affected over one million people in the United States alone. As that number continues to rise across the nation and globe, researchers are hoping to develop a vaccine that would help treat the disease and limit its spread – a vital practice with a disease as contagious as COVID-19.

Vaccines, in general, are effective in limiting the spread of disease by providing immunity. When individuals are immune to a disease, they are unable to be infected by it, which means they will not be able to pass it on to others either.

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At ClinSearch, as a clinical site network, we play a vital role in the vaccine research and development process. At our sites, we conduct vaccine studies where vaccines can be clinically tested for safety and effectiveness for diseases like COVID-19 and more. All current vaccines once had to be put through clinical trials like the ones being conducted now.

Immunizations work and can help to save many lives. For more vaccine information, visit the following sites:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/10-shouldknow.htm

https://www.who.int/immunization/research/en/

https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/world-immunization-week/world-immunization-week-2020/key-messages

ClinSearch Announces Transition in Leadership Team

Posted on January 31, 2018

Welcomes Mark M. McKenzie, M.D. as Medical Director

[Chattanooga, TN] – ClinSearch, Clinical Research Specialists announces a transition in leadership at the 25-year-old clinical research site. Dr. Mark M. McKenzie is succeeding ClinSearch founder Dr. Richard A. Krause as medical director.

“I have a passion for medical care and the difference it makes in the lives of individuals”, said Mark M. McKenzie, MD. “Clinical research is essential to that effort, and as an investigator, I am committed to carrying on the mission of ClinSearch as we partner with sponsors in providing reliable data in the development of new therapies.”

Dr. McKenzie assumed leadership at ClinSearch in 2017. Dr. Krause will remain with the organization as a consultant.

About Dr. Mark M. McKenzie

Dr. McKenzie is a physician who completed medical school and residency at the Medical College of Ohio / University of Toledo.  His undergraduate degrees are from Southern Adventist University.  He practiced internal medicine in the Chattanooga area for the last 15 years and has experience as a Sub-Investigator in nearly 100 clinical research studies.

About ClinSearch

ClinSearch built a research team recruited for their analytical skills as well as their genuine compassion and ability to relate to study volunteers. This group has performed admirably in community outreach events, educating and performing health screening assessments to a diversity of community groups. The staff works an expanded day to accommodate participant schedules and will often see patients on weekends or evenings to ensure success.

ClinSearch is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wake Research Holdings, and an integral member of its integrated network of premier investigational sites.

About Wake Research

Wake Research is an integrated network of premier investigational sites, committed to excellence, working closely with and meeting the needs of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Wake Research‘s 13 sites are fully equipped to meet the needs of sponsors and CROs in the conduct of Phase I-IV clinical trials in a large variety of indications.

Wake Research is known for effectively combining strategic volunteer recruitment and retention with high quality clinical trial conduct, using standardized operating procedures and centralized marketing and advertising to ensure rapid subject enrollment. Wake Research has conducted over 6,000 research studies for hundreds of pharmaceutical and biotech sponsors and CROs since 1984. Wake Research’s mission is to bring novel medications, biologics and device through clinical research to as many people as possible while providing unparalleled service and exceptional value to clinical trial partners and stakeholders.

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