Advanced Gastroenterology Associates, LLC, conducts research in selected areas of concern to our patients. Our team participates in research for 2 reasons:
We conduct our research studies at our Palm Harbor facility. Volunteering to be in a research trial will assist in the development of new medical therapies that may offer better treatments and even cures for life threatening and chronic diseases. Our research trials are regulated by the federal governement and also reviewed by independent ethics committees.
To be considered as a participant into a research study, a signed Informed Consent must be obtained prior to any study related procedures being completed. An Informed Consent will help a study participant understand the purpose, procedures, potential risks and benefits of their involvement, along with alternative treatment if applicable. Participating in a research study is voluntary.
Key points about our research:
Biospecimens (primarily blood donation, and could also include hair, nail, skin, urine, stool samples, dependent on project) will be collected from donors, along with a collection of limited information related to the specimen and health status of donor. No testing results will be available for your donation, with no direct benefit to donor, aside from contributing to the area of future research.
Patients like you are at the core of biomedical research. Contributions of biospecimens —blood and other biofluids, tissue, and cells—fuel medical discovery, leading to new diagnostics and therapies with the potential to benefit millions of patients worldwide.
Some examples of our projects under way are:
Call our office to see if you qualify for one of our studies.
If so, you may be eligible to participate in the Lucid EsoCheck study. All subjects will undergo both the EsoCheck (non-invasive esophageal cell sample collection) followed by EGD (with or without biopsies).
The EsoCheck a device that collects cells from the esophagus in a five-minute procedure, without the need for endoscopy, for the diagnosis of Barrett’s Esophagitis and related conditions.
a. Caucasian race
b. Current or past history of cigarette smoking
c. BMI of at least 30 kg/m2
d. First-degree relative with Barrett’s Esophagitis or Esophageal Cancer
The following link will show you the process of this simplistic, non-evasive procedure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiv0Gws4sdA
This trial can be further reviewed on www.clinicaltrials.gov under the following link: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04293458
Other important readings: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/04/02/2010842/0/en/PAVmed-Subsidiary-Lucid-Diagnostics-EsoCheck-Esophageal-Cell-Collection-Device-Receives-Prestigious-Edison-Best-New-Product-Award.html
Must have reported heartburn symptoms for at least 5 years and agree to have an upper endoscopy completed.
Estimated Study Duration:
The total duration of the study may last up to 4 months.
Qualified study participants may receive the following:
Subjects must not have been diagnosed with Viral Hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E) or HIV