Five Clinical Study Opportunities for Minorities in Florida

Five Clinical Study Opportunities for Minorities in Florida

July 25, 2022

Five Clinical Study Opportunities for Minorities in Florida

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.

1. OCRC Kidney Study

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.

Inclusion criteria

  • 18-75 years old
  • Kidney impairment or disease; receiving hemodialysis treatment 3 times per week
  • May be seeing a nephrologist, have reduced kidney function, or low creatinine clearance

Location: Orlando, FL

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2. Understanding the Challenges, Behavioral Patterns, and Preferences Towards Participation in Clinical Trials in Minority Patient Populations

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.

Inclusion criteria

Location: Jacksonville, FL (with additional locations in Scottsdale, AZ and Rochester, MN)

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3. Computer Assisted Family Intervention to Treat Self-Harm Disparities in Latinas and Sexual/Gender Minority Youth

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.

Inclusion criteria

  • 11-18 years old
  • Self-reported act of self-harm in the past 6 months
  • Meet criteria for two of four factors: depression, emotional dysregulation, family conflict, and or substance abuse
  • Live with at least one consenting parent figure

Location: Coral Gables, FL

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4. Reducing Unmet Mental Health Need of African-American Children

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.

Inclusion criteria

  • Students and school intervention teams at study school

Location: Jacksonville, FL

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5. Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Violence Among Latino Youth (kiR-vene)

Study sponsor: Boston College

Collaborator: N/A

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.

Inclusion criteria

  • 11-14 years old
  • Born in Venezuela
  • Residing in the United States

Location: Doral, FL

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