Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help medical professionals find ways to improve health. Each study tries to answer specific scientific questions and is designed to find safe and effective ways to better prevent, diagnose, and/or treat disease. Before they can begin, all clinical trials must go through a rigorous review process conducted by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board to insure that the safety, rights and welfare of human subjects are protected.
Why Would I Want to Consider Participating in a Clinical Trial?
As a volunteer in a clinical trial, you have the opportunity to be involved in important research that may bring about advances in science and health care. Volunteers are needed in all areas of research, from trials in healthy volunteers to studies of specific diseases.
Who Sponsors Clinical Trials at WFBH?
Clinical trials in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, the National Institutes of Health and many other organizations.
How do I Participate?
If you are interested in enrolling in one of the many clinical trials taking place in Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, click on the button in the Quick Reference menu on the right to view a list of current clinical trials.
Sponsors & Pharmaceutical Companies
How do I Contact the Clinical Studies Center to Become a Potential Site?
If you are interested in using the Clinical Studies Center as a site to conduct your clinical trials please contact the director, Adele Clark, at 336-716-7465 or the Clinical Studies Center main number at 336-716-3775.
Does Your Site Have Board Certified Dermatologist and Certified Coordinators on Staff?
The Dermatology Clinical Study Center at WFBH has nine board certified dermatologists, a physician assistant, certified CCRC's, nurses and a research fellow.
Does Your University Require a Local IRB and How Often Does it Meet?
Our University does require the use of our local IRB which meets Monday-Thursday of every week to better serve the needs of sponsors.
Does Your Site Have Experience Obtaining Photographs, Labs, and Electronic Data Capturing?
Our Clinical Studies Center has extensive experience in obtaining research quality photos in a dedicated photography room. We have an on-site laboratory and have wide experience in data capturing.
How Large is Your Population and Recruitment Area?
We have a patient population that extends to five states (VA, WV, TN, SC and NC) with over 11 million people In-house designed patient recruitment database with over 10,000 subjects identified by medical condition, age, and other criteria.
Does Your Site Have a Dedicated Recruitment Team?
The Clinical Studies Center has advertising and recruitment specialists on-site as well as in-house dedicated recruitment screeners. We are experienced with rapid enrollment.