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Jordan Valley Dermatology Center conducts Clinical Research Studies both to help our patients and to advance the science of medicine. We have conducted FDA approved studies for more than 20 years. Disease states or conditions studied include Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Warts, Toenail Fungus, Cold Sores, Excessive Sweating, Hair loss, Unwanted hair removal, Skin cancer and many other skin related disorders. We have also conducted some studies in the cosmetic realm. We are always looking for people who want to participate with us in this important work.


What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is the process to find new or better ways of treating illness and disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all prescription medications be thoroughly tested and evaluated for safety and efficacy before your doctor can prescribe them. Clinical trials are an important part of the research spectrum. The idea for a clinical trial often starts in the lab. After researchers test new treatments or procedures in the lab and in animals, the most promising treatments are moved into clinical trials. Studies of new treatments move through progressive phases. In this way, researchers gain more information about the treatment, its risks, and its effectiveness. A clinical trial is a partnership between doctors, study participants, study sponsors (drug companies), and the FDA to study and ensure the safety and effectiveness of a new investigated medication. In a clinical trial, information is collected from participants being treated with investigational medications and then reported to the sponsor and the FDA.


Why should I participate?

As a qualified participant for a clinical study:

  • All visits and procedures related to the study are free of charge. Those may include doctor visits, physical examinations, study medications, laboratory tests and other study related procedures.
  • You may have the opportunity to receive a new investigational medication for the treatment of your condition.
  • You may learn more about your condition or disease and the latest treatments available.
  • You will be playing an important role in bringing new treatments to the market that will help you and others coping with the same medical condition by helping to evaluate these new medications.


What happens during a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial visit is much like a regular visit to a doctor's office or medical clinic. Participants are treated professionally and with care. During the initial visit each participant is given an informed consent form to read, discuss with study staff and sign. This consent describes the most common risks and the potential benefits of participating in the study. The consent form includes many details about the study, such as purpose, duration, required procedures, visit schedule and staff contact information. The informed consent also contains key facts about the clinical trial to assist you in deciding whether to take part in the study. In most clinical trials, study medications are administered or dispensed to the participant. Tests and procedures are performed according to the research protocol, which has detailed guidelines that the research staff and physicians are to follow. The research protocol is designed by the study sponsor to measure the safety and effectiveness of the study medication or procedures.


What if I already have a doctor?

You would continue to see your own doctor for all non-study related medical matters. At your request, our staff can keep your doctor informed about your participation in the study.

Research conducted by Jordan Valley Dermatology Center will help the medical community to have a better understanding of the condition and find new ways to treat it.

Qualified participants will have the opportunity to receive study-related care and investigational medication at no cost. Study participants are often compensated for their time and travel to participate. The amount paid for participating in a clinical trial varies from study to study."

If you, or someone you know is interested in finding out more about research or in being contacted for upcoming studies, please call (801) 316-0266 or email Phil at Leave us a message including your name, age, phone number, and skin condition(s) you have. We will contact you to discuss what studies may be suitable for you.

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  • GCP Certified Staff
  • CLIA Certified Lab
  • IATA Certified Coordinators
  • 2 Medical Refrigerators with Alarms
  • -20 °C Freezer
  • Phlebotomy
  • Secured and limited access storage for medication and documents
  • Central IRB
  • Spanish Speaking Staff
  • Portuguese Speaking Staff
  • 20 Miles from SLC International Airport
  • Pediatric, teen, adult, and senior demographics and experience
  • Microscope
  • Centrifuge
  • KOH
  • Data Loggers
  • Electronic CTMS (RealTime)


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10654 S. River Heights Drive, Suite 210
South Jordan, UT 84095
Phone: 801-335-6728

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