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Study Procedures

Below is a list of common procedures involved when participating in a clinical trial.  


Prior to making a decision on whether or not you would like to participate in a particular study, you can ask your Study Coordinator or Recruitment Specialist for the Informed Consent Form (ICF), which outlines which procedures you can expect during each visit.



Here you will sit down with a professional physician, psychiatrist, and/or psychologist and be interviewed about both your mental and physical health. Common interviews include rating scales like the PANNS (Positive and Negative Symptom Scale) and MADRS (Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale). These Interviews will be used to initially determine your level of illness as well as your improvement and eligibility for a research study.



Basic medical information such as pulse, blood pressure, weight, waist measurements, and temperature. These are generally gathered once per visit.

Urine Specimen


Specimen is used for tests such as drug screens, pregnancy, and checking if your system is clear of other psychoactive medications.

Brain Scans


Some studies will require an MRI, PET, or CT brain scan to determine biomarkers for specific disease-state characteristics and to determine the effects a study drug may have on the brain.



Surveys regarding your level of well being, quality of life, as well as your satisfaction with various medications. These surveys are primarily used to create statistical data about various populations.



Otherwise known as an electrocardiogram, is a painless recording of your heart's electrical rhythm, also referred to as a QT interval.

Neurocognitive Testing


Our clinicians assess various cognitive domains such as memory, attention, spatial skills, language, executive functioning and processing speed.  These cognitive domains are used to assess for improvements in functional outcome.

Physical Exams


A basic physical examination conducted by a physician to assess your physical well being as well as determine your eligibility for the study. They may include more specific exams directed at targeting various symptoms of psychoactive medications such as reflexes, tremors and basic health.

Blood Draws


Our skilled phelbotomists will obtain small quantities of blood to analyze values such as blood cell count, chemistry, blood sugar, thyroid function, and the amount of study drug in your blood.

Health Checks


At each visit, you will be assessed for changes in your health and current medications.

Additional Exams


Some studies may require chest X-Rays, ophthalmology exams, and lumbar punctures.

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