Simply put, healthcare as we know it today would not exist without the diligent efforts of clinical researchers. As a matter of fact, any and all FDA-approved treatments and medications had to go through rigorous clinical trial testing before becoming available for use.
Of course, those clinical trials would not be possible without the participation of study volunteers! It’s especially important that minorities are represented in clinical research, as studies show that some diseases and medications affect various populations differently.
If you are part of a minority population and are interested in getting involved in a clinical trial, keep reading to learn about five clinical study opportunities for minorities in Florida.
At Orlando Clinical Research Center, we are currently recruiting for a clinical study primarily aimed toward women—though men who have received a vasectomy may also qualify.
The study aims to determine how the investigational drug is absorbed, broken down, and removed from the body in volunteers with kidney impairment compared to those with normal kidney function.
Participants will receive a single oral dose of the study drug on two separate occasions, spending 5 days and 4 nights in our facility on two separate occasions.
Location: Orlando, FL
Learn more: https://ocrc.net/current-studies/20-2/
Study sponsor: Mayo Clinic
Collaborator: National Cancer Institute
By learning more about the patient’s understanding of clinical trials, this study aims to identify barriers that limit patient participation. Researchers will compare attitudes toward clinical trials among cancer patients belonging to different racial and ethnic groups.
Patients will complete a questionnaire regarding their preferences, understanding, and attitudes toward clinical trials; medical records will also be reviewed.
Location: Jacksonville, FL (with additional locations in Scottsdale, AZ and Rochester, MN)
Learn more: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04630431
Study sponsor: University of Miami
Collaborator: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
This study is designed to refine and test the efficacy of computer assisted intervention for Latino adolescents who self-harm. Researchers will test the efficacy of the new intervention in a randomized trial of 100 Hispanic adolescents and their parents, with a goal of reducing risk for repeated self-harm by treating effects of depression, emotion regulation, substance use, and family functioning.
Patients will be randomly assigned to Computer Assisted Culturally Informed and Flexible Family-Based Treatment for Adolescents (CA CIFFTA) over a four-month period.
Location: Coral Gables, FL
Learn more: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03709472
Study sponsor: University of Florida
Collaborator: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
This study compares two versions of school-based mental health screening in order to improve mental health services among elementary school students. Researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of services, assessing components including unintentional racial bias, mental health literacy, and data-based decision making to resolve address system-level inequities.
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Learn more: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05450094
Study sponsor: Boston College
Because there are currently no interventions in place to prevent alcohol and other drug use among Latino adolescents, this study integrates a cultural adaptation of an existing prevention program and also integrates violence prevention content. Researchers will conduct a pilot-test randomized controlled trial of an intervention program to determine its feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects.
Participants will be split into groups with varying versions of the program: an abbreviated, one-session workshop; a version adapted for Venezuelan youths; a version adapted for Venezuelan youths including interpersonal violence content.
Location: Doral, FL
Learn more: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05240313