We are conducting ongoing clinical research trials for mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar or manic-depression, attention deficit disorders, and schizophrenia. Most of our clinical studies involve taking medication and are approved by community Institutional Review Boards to ensure that they are conducted appropriately with your safety in mind. Dr. Michael Banov is the medical director and board-certified Clinical Investigator. We have been involved in clinical trials for over 20 years.
Most of our studies are conducted to determine the medication’s efficacy in comparison to a placebo.
Placebo is an inactive compound that you would take like a medication. Study visits may include routine blood work, blood pressure check, electrocardiogram (ECG), physical exam and review of your illness with our board-certified psychiatrist are typically covered by the pharmaceutical company sponsoring the trial. You may also receive compensation for time and travel for some studies.
We conduct studies in children, adolescents, adults, and individuals over 65 years of age.
- Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Treatment Resistant Depression
What does participating in a clinical research trial research involve?
There are many reasons why people choose to join a clinical trial. Some join a trial because the treatments they have tried for their health problem did not work. Others participate because there is no treatment for their health problem. By being part of a clinical trial, participants may find out about new treatments before they are widely available. Some studies are designed for, or include, people who are healthy but want to help find ways to prevent a disease, such as one that may be common in their family.
Many people say participating in a clinical trial is a way to play a more active role in their own health care. Other people say they want to help researchers learn more about certain health problems. Whatever the motivation, when you choose to participate in a clinical trial, you become a partner in scientific discovery. And, your contribution can help future generations lead healthier lives. Major medical breakthroughs could not happen without the generosity of clinical trial participants—young and old.
Here’s what happens in a trial:
- Study staff explain the trial in detail and gather more information about you.
- Once you have had all your questions answered and agree to participate, you sign an informed consent form.
- You are screened to make sure you qualify for the trial.
- If accepted into the trial, you schedule a first visit (called the “baseline” visit). The researchers conduct cognitive and/or physical tests during this visit.
- You are randomly assigned to a treatment or control group.
- You and your family members follow the trial procedures and report any issues or concerns to researchers.
- You may visit the research site at regularly scheduled times for new cognitive, physical, or other evaluations and discussions with staff. At these visits, the research team collects information about effects of the intervention and your safety and well-being.
- You continue to see your regular physician for usual health care throughout the study.
Information for Pharmaceutical Companies, CRO’s, and SMOs
At Psych Atlanta, we believe that the most effective and reliable psychopharmacology research is conducted in real clinical settings by practicing psychiatrists with extensive clinical trial expertise.
We are an independent research center, associated with a prominent psychiatric clinical practice, providing the highest quality clinical research care, protocol compliance, and study recruitment in the metro Atlanta area. Our priority is maintaining strict adherence to the FDA Code of Federal Regulations and ICH Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice to assure that patient’s rights as research subjects are protected and that submitted data to sponsors is of the highest quality.
Our medical director, Michael Banov M.D., is board-certified in adolescent, addiction, and adult psychiatry and is a board-certified clinical investigator. He has been involved in clinical drug trial research since his psychiatry training at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Our full-time research staff includes certified clinical research coordinators with many years of experience in mental health as well as other areas of medicine. They regularly attend continuing education on conducting clinical research studies, GCP guidelines, and mental health updates.
Our center has worked with most of the major central nervous system pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations. We have participated in Phase II-IV studies in a number of CNS-related therapeutic areas. As an independent site, we are able to work with central Institutional Review Boards.
We are affiliated with Psych Atlanta (formally known Northwest Behavioral Medicine (NBM)), one of the largest behavioral health care group practices in Georgia with over 7500 patients. Our psychiatrists are board certified in child, adolescent, addiction, and adult psychiatry and are a major psychopharmacological referral center for physicians and mental health care providers. Psych Atlanta is well known in the community for providing comprehensive therapies across a number of areas including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit disorder.
We take pride in our high standard of care. We also pay particular attention to the care of our patients and their rights as study subjects. Most patients who complete our programs continue in our care for management of their condition. The sponsors of our studies consistently give high marks to our investigators, research coordinators, staff, and facility for the care we provide, customer service to patients and sponsors, and quality of our work.