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Our Mission

To increase our knowledge of the latest available treatments in behavioral health care, and to achieve the fullest understanding of our patients. This two-fold approach assures our patients of the best possible care.

Quest for Cures

Charak Clinical Research Center takes its name from the noted Indian physician from the 1st century, Charak, the author of one of the oldest books on medicine, The Charak Samhita. Charak was one of the first medical practitioners to champion the principles that knowledge of all available remedies, and a thorough understanding of the patient, are the critical elements to providing the most appropriate care for each unique individual.

Why You Should Take Part

You can be on the forefront of innovation in the mental health space. Medications and treatments that were not previously available to you can be used to help you when you need it most.

 
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Current Trials

The development of new medications plays a central role in the advancement of medical treatments and the improvement of patient quality of life. All new medications go through several stages or phases of testing to demonstrate their safety and effectiveness before physicians can prescribe them to their patients. At the heart of this process are research studies called clinical trials. In a clinical trial, the new medication is typically compared to either a currently approved medication and/or a placebo (a pill that looks like the new medication but contains no active ingredients).

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Schizophrenia 
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Otsuka

Adult
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Papilion Monarch

Adult & Adolescent
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Teva

Behavioral Health Clinical Trials

Although remarkable progress has been made over the past 20 years in defining and treating the various forms of mental illness, most treatments are either not effective for everyone or may produce significant side-effects in some individuals. As a result, there is an ongoing need for the development of new medications within the mental health field.

Participating In A Clinical Trial

There is no single reason that individuals choose to participate in clinical trials but many do so in the hope that the new medication will provide them with relief from their symptoms, and produce few and/or mild side effects. Some choose to participate because they recognize that even if they do not experience a direct personal benefit from participating in the trial, the research study results will potentially increase the level of understanding of the disorder, and contribute to the development of more effective forms of treatment.

Your Informed Consent

Participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary. The decision to participate should only be made after thorough consideration of all available information. Before you enter a clinical trial, the study doctor and study staff will fully describe the purpose of the study, what is expected of each participant, and the potential risks and benefits that you may experience.

All potential participants are presented with a document that contains this information as well as a complete description of each element of the trial. You must read, discuss and finally sign this document, called the “Consent Form,” before any study related procedures can be performed.

Throughout the course of the trial, any new information that becomes available regarding trial procedures or medication will be provided to you in a timely manner. You can choose to end your involvement in a clinical trial at any time and for any reason.

Safety and Well-being

The safety and well-being of a participant in a clinical trial are the primary concerns of the clinical trial staff. In order to insure these concerns are addressed, your participation in the clinical trial includes meeting with the trial doctor and staff on a frequent basis to monitor progress. It is very important that you attend all visits, honestly answer all questions regarding the trial medication and your health, and follow the instructions of the clinical trial staff.

Benefits to Clinical Trial Participation

Some of the benefits of participating in a clinical trial include:

  • Taking an active role in your own treatment.

  • The opportunity to receive treatments not otherwise available.

  • Receiving skilled medical care at no financial cost.

  • The opportunity to contribute to the current state of medical knowledge.

Current Clinical Trials

Charak Clinical Research Center is currently conducting clinical trials involving the following mental health diagnoses.

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Adolescent Schizophrenia Study

Diagnosis:  Schizophrenia

 

Purpose: A six week study of the safety and efficacy of brexpiprazole (Rexulti) compared to aripiprazole (Abilify) and placebo with adolescent patients diagnosed with schizophrenia

General Inclusion Criteria:

Male or female 13 to 17 years of age with a current primary diagnosis of schizophrenia and a history of the illness (diagnosis or symptoms) for at least six months prior to the Screen Visit

 

Generally in good physical health

 

No current substance abuse or dependence

 

Additional Information

Subjects who complete this study may be eligible to participate in a long-term, open-label, follow-up study of brexpiprazole without comparators (all participants will receive brexpiprazole) for up to 24 months

Call us at 877.463.9633 if you wish to take part

Papilion Monarch, Abilify MyCite Adult Schizophrenia Study

Diagnosis: Schizophrenia

 

Purpose: A study comparing the hospitalization rates of participants taking Abilify MyCite compared to their hospitalization rates while taking standard of care medications before entering the study

 

General Inclusion Criteria:

Male or female 18 to 65 years of age

 

Primary diagnosis of Schizophrenia with one or more hospitalizations for schizophrenia in the 48 months prior to the Screen Visit and been prescribed oral antipsychotic treatment for 6 months or longer prior to the Screen Visit

 

Participants must possess a cell phone and be familiar with its use and be willing to download and interact with the Abilify MyCite App and adequately operate all study related devices and complete all study related tasks

 

Generally in good physical health

 

No substance abuse or dependence for the previous 12 months

 

Additional information:

Abilify MyCite is a tablet of aripiprazole with an IEM (Ingestible Event Marker) sensor embedded in it. This is the study medication that all study participants will take.

 

Study participants must wear an Abilify MyCite Patch (a wearable sensor) that detects the signal from the IEM sensor after the tablet has been ingested and transmits data to a smart phone

 

Abilify MyCite App is a smartphone app used with a compatible smart phone to display medication ingestion information for the participant

 

There is also a web-based portal or dashboard for investigators and study particpants’ caregivers

Call us at 877.463.9633 if you wish to take part

Teva Adult & Adolescent Schizophrenia Study

Diagnosis: Schizophrenia

 

Purpose: A long-term study to evaluate the safety, tolerability & efficacy of risperidone extended-release subcutaneous injectable suspension (TV-46000) compared to placebo and administered either once each month or once every two months to adolescent patients diagnosed with schizophrenia

 

General Inclusion Criteria:

 

Male or female 13 to 17 years of age

 

Diagnosis of Schizophrenia for more than 12 months and one or more episodes of relapse in the 24 months prior to the Screen Visit

 

Generally in good physical health

 

No current substance abuse or dependence

 

A parent/caregiver must accompany the participant to each visit and be available to provide reliable information regarding the participant’s ongoing condition

 

Additional Information:

The study consists of four phases

Phase I) A Screening Phase to confirm the participant is appropriate for the study. Up to 4 weeks in length

      

Phase II) A Conversion / Stabilization Phase during which participants not currently taking oral risperidone will        be converted from their current antipsychotic medication to oral risperidone. 12 weeks in length

 

Phase III) An Active-treatment Phase during which participants receive monthly or bimonthly injections of either risperidone or placebo. This phase is conducted in a double-blinded manner wherein participants and study staff do not know which product the participant is receiving. Up to 56 weeks in length.

 

Phase IV) Follow-up Phase to monitor the participant’s return to non-study medication. 4 weeks in length.

Call us at 877.463.9633 if you wish to take part

 
 
 
 
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Resources

The following links to online resources may be helpful to you in gathering information about mental illnesses and alcohol or drug dependency. Charak Clinical Research Center is not affiliated with any of these organizations and is not responsible for the information and content found on the web sites included here.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes itself as “the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.” The NIMH web site includes significant information about many behavioral health topics.

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has several chapters in Ohio and its web site includes local chapter information and programs as well as publications that may be downloaded at no cost. NAMI’s mission is “to improve the quality of life, ensure dignity and respect for persons with serous mental illness, and to support their families.”

Ohio NAMI: www.namiohio.org    

National NAMI: www.nami.org

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a national patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses, according to its web site. The web site includes information regarding signs and symptoms, recovery, and information to assist families and friends of individuals affected by illnesses, particularly major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

www.ndmda.org

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) mission is “to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.” Two sections of the NIDA web site, “Parents & Teachers,” and “Students & Young Adults,” accessed through the top menu include topics that are particularly helpful to the general public.

www.drugabuse.gov

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by conducting and supporting research of its own and other research institutes and government agencies; supporting the programs and work of agencies and organizations engaged in alcohol-related work; and translating and communicating research results to the public, health care professionals and policy makers. The Publications section of the web site includes information that is helpful to the general public.

www.niaaa.nih.gov/Publications/

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also sponsors the SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), a web site described as “the Nation's one-stop resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.”

http://ncadi.samhsa.gov

Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health information writers. Their goal is to provide the most up-to-date information on addiction. Addiction Center is owned and funded by Recovery Worldwide LLC, an organization that creates informational web properties on health and mental health-related topics.

https://www.AddictionCenter.com

 
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Contact & Location

Charak Clinical Research Center

12395 McCracken Rd. Suite E 

Garfield Heights, OH 44125

Phone - 877.4NEWMED
877.463.9633

Fax - 216.662.0469

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