Clinical Trials

At Northside Hospital, we pride ourselves on offering the latest in breakthrough procedures, technologies and treatments through our participation in national clinical trials. Clinical trials translate results of scientific research into ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease, and they are typically available only in university or research institution settings. However, at Northside our patients have access to exclusive clinical trials in a wide array of therapeutic areas including Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, and Pulmonology.

We're especially proud that our Pulmonology group was involved in two groundbreaking clinical trials that were recently cited in the New England Journal of Medicine:

  • Macitentan and Morbidity and Mortality in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, N Engl J Med 2013; 369:808-818, August 29, 2013.
  • A Phase 3 Trial of Pirfenidone in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, N Engl J Med 2014; 370:2083-2092, May 29, 2014.

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a research study involving patient volunteers. Clinical trials are intended to answer specific health questions by utilizing new treatments that are not yet available for widespread use. Each trial is carefully designed to test the safety and efficacy of new medications, medical treatments, and/or devices. They provide a good reference to compare how existing treatments stack up against newer ones. Clinical trials also are helpful in determining how a specific population that may have not been tested before responds to treatment.

Why are Clinical Trials Conducted?

Clinical trials are used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new drugs, devices, and treatments. They provide a good reference to compare how existing treatments stack up against newer ones. Clinical trials also are helpful in determining how a specific population that may have not been tested before responds to treatment.

What Pulmonology Clinical Trials are Available at Northside?

Emphysema/COPD

  • A Study to Evaluate the Effect of Aclidinium Bromide on Long-Term Cardiovascular Safety and COPD Exacerbations in Patients with Moderate to Very Severe COPD, Principal Investigator Howard Silverboard MD
  • A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of 2 Doses of Benralizumab in Patients with Severe to Very Severe COPDwith a history of COPD Exacerbations, Principal Investigator Howard Silverboard MD
  • A Study of Symbicort┬« pMDI Compared to Formoterol Tubuhaler in COPD Patients, Principal Investigator Paul Boyce MD

Pulmonary Hypertension

  • A Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Oral BPS 314d MR Added-on to Tyvaso┬«in Subjects with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Principal Investigator Paul Boyce MD
  • A Study of Riociguat to Measure Outcomes in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension not on Active Treatment, Principal Investigator Paul Boyce MD

Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • A Treatment Protocol to Allow Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Access to Pirfenidone, Principal Investigator Amber Degryse MD

Why should you participate in a clinical trial?

Becoming involved in a clinical trial will give you the opportunity to:

  • Receive expert medical care from specialist investigators and doctors.
  • Gain access to the latest treatments and techniques being evaluated for your condition.
  • Contribute to medical breakthroughs that could affect generations to come.

No clinical trial is completely without risk, and patients who wish to volunteer should understand the possibility of unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening side effects. Additionally, some trials can be time consuming and may not offer any benefit.

General Information regarding clinical research

It is the policy of our practice that all physicians and staff preserve the integrity and the confidentiality of protected health information pertaining to our patients. Please click on the link below to read the full statement of privacy that each patient will be entitled.

If you have any questions or would like to see if you may qualify for a clinical study please contact Dee Porter, CCRC at 404-564-3022 ext. 253

We at Pulmonary & Critical Care of Atlanta make it our priority to provide you with the best personal and professional care.