You Asked: Why do clinical trials exist?

Stethascope B&WLong ago, before we had modern research procedures and a knowledge of how a new drug should be developed, advancements in medicine were hard to come by. Understandably so, for a long time research on new medications was unorganized and unproductive.

Today, with the vast improvements in technology and oversight in pharmaceuticals, we have developed a tried and true method of bringing a new treatment to market. We have established guidelines as to how we get a drug into the hands of people that need it most.

Need an overview on why we’re conducting clinical trials? Consider the following reasons:

Discovering an outcome from extensive research

In order for a treatment to be studied in a trial, researchers must have already conducted several years’ worth of experiments in labs. Researchers must have documented evidence that their research will more than likely lead to a new or improved treatment. By the time a new treatment reaches a study, scientists and medical professionals are very close to finalizing a potentially life-changing new medicine. Clinical trials create an endpoint from an idea that was brand new several years prior, if not longer.

Most efficient way to attain critical information

Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest, safest, and most effective way to gather information on a new treatment. Researchers have predictions before a trial starts and use data from clinical trials to reach a conclusion. Clinical trials have been efficiently designed to be as safe as possible while uncovering data and information as quick as possible. Clinical trials deliver the important data needed to develop new treatments.

Safety and effectiveness of new treatments

Today’s regulated and carefully-planned clinical trials are the most efficient method of certifying that a treatment is safe and effective for human consumption. Through carefully designed protocols (or guidelines) and structure, clinical trials are designed to accumulate important data that informs researchers on how safe and effective a treatment actually is. In order to get a treatment to market, it must be both safe and effective. Clinical trials allow us to confirm that.

Advancing medical science and future treatments

If you have not realized by now, clinical trials exist to advance medical science and the availability of new and enhanced treatments. Without these carefully conducted studies, we would never uncover more productive treatments. It is a necessity for the health of mankind to continue to innovate and build on the current landscape of drugs and treatments. Every clinical trial produces a new outcome that points medical research in the right direction.

There are many reasons clinical trials exists, and we’ve only listed a few of them here. Until next time, if you ask it, we’ll answer it!

Over the course of the last several months, we have accumulated a large number of questions from our volunteers. Every month we’ll pick one question and answer it right here on our blog. To submit your question, please email:

The Big 5 Benefits of Trial Participation

BenefitsSometimes it helps to start at the beginning. Since we’ve spoken with so many new people over the last couple of months, it only makes sense that we revisit the most common benefits of participating in a clinical research study.

You may have heard them before, and if you’ve joined us for a study, you have already realized one or more of the following. Without further ado, here are the ‘Big 5’ benefits to participating in a clinical research study.

Access to new medication

Nowhere else are you able to access the most cutting-edge and innovative medications than you are as part of a clinical study. This means those who have not had success with other treatments can try something new. This means that those who are out of options, or were without any to begin with, have an opportunity for treatment. This is an exciting benefit for many participants.

Access to study-related medical care

We know a lot of people live day-to-day without healthcare or insurance. And sometimes, those that do not have coverage suffer from a costly illness or condition. We do not discriminate. We are in the business of helping people live better lives. Therefore, we offer the necessary study-related medical care attention for free with participation – no insurance required.

Compensation for your time and travel

Did you know that every clinical trial offers participants a monetary award for their time and travel? We don’t like the idea of taking up your time without providing you something in return. So we happily offer you reimbursement like any other job would. Your time is worth something.

Advance medicine for the next generation

Have the urge to contribute to medical science? Like the idea of someone benefitting from your volunteering? Clinical research is one of the most unique ways to volunteer and help others. Your willingness to take part in advancing medicine helps others tenfold. Every volunteer pushes medicine in the right direction.

Learning more about your condition and health

Perhaps the most underestimated benefit of joining a study is discovering more about your own condition and levels of health. Chances are your primary care physician or specialist have talked with you at length about your status, your conditions, and what it will take to stay or get healthy. But a clinical trial can provide an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your condition through the unique patient education provided by our medical staff.

There you have it. The Big 5 benefits of trial participation.

You’re invited to realize one of these benefits today! What are you waiting for?


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Our Take on the Vaccination Debate

Vaccine Viles

We are not afraid to state our beliefs on vaccines and the vaccine ‘debate’ currently taking place around the country.

We are extreme proponents of vaccines.

We have seen firsthand how effective and essential vaccines are. And with the resurgence of a Measles virus that was nearly eradicated, vaccines are now as important as ever.

Yes, we are in the vaccine research business. But we base our convictions off of facts and not biases. Never mind the opt-in vs. opt-out conversation. What matters are the actual numbers and our drive to enable everyone to live a more fulfilling and healthy life. Consider the following:

Immunization prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year worldwide. (World Health Organization)

Can you argue with that? Consider how many more lives could be saved if everyone had access to vaccines. We are so fortunate to have access to vaccines in this country. We advise you not to take that for granted.

Most childhood vaccines produce immunity about 90% to 100% of the time. (

The upheaval surrounding vaccines started with parents who chose not to vaccinate their children, and in turn, created an environment where a preventable virus took off. The science on the effectiveness of childhood vaccines is clear. Why risk it?

An average of 50,000 American adults die from vaccine-preventable disease every year. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Why would anyone put themselves in jeopardy of contracting a preventable virus like the flu, pneumonia, or hepatitis B? We offer these vaccines for free every year. Get yourself vaccinated. Stay safe and stay alive!

Before vaccines, the only way to become immune to a disease was to contract it, and with luck, hope to survive it. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

This statement stands up to how effective vaccines have been in our lifetimes. Prior to breakthroughs in vaccine science, immunity was established through high risk measures without concrete results. Consider how crucial vaccines are today.

If vaccines weren’t used, just a few infectious cases could quickly turn into tens or hundreds of thousands. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

And we’ve seen this on the news. This is what is happening and thankfully on a smaller scale. You’re walking on thin ice when you choose not to vaccinate yourself or your children. That risk can quickly explode into unanticipated harm and sickness.

Scientific studies continue to show now tie between vaccines and autism. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

This is perhaps the most important fact in the debate at this time. It is also the best ‘argument’ that the opposition to vaccines has, and it has been proven to be untrue by more than one credible scientific body.

You now know where we stand on this issue and we cannot find one reason why anyone would argue against our reasoning. Vaccines are beneficial to everyone, old and young. Vaccinate yourself for your own well-being and the well-being of anyone you love or care about.

Several hundred volunteers participated in vaccine studies at RCR in 2014. And if the facts above are any indication of how effective vaccines have been to date, the research our volunteers have contributed to will strengthen both the argument for and effectiveness of vaccines in the coming years.


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Clinical Research Misconceptions

27463620_sIt seems that far too often we are correcting misconceptions on clinical research volunteering. We know there is a lot of information out there. We also know a lot of it is misleading and untrue. The good news is we are always happy to educate and correct inquiring volunteers about the myths surrounding clinical research volunteering. Let’s take a look at some of the most common concerns we hear.

If I don’t volunteer, someone else like me will.

Every person is different. That means every volunteer can offer something unique to research that another person cannot. An overwhelming majority of people say they would consider getting involved in a clinical research study if asked, but only 10% of those people eligible to volunteer in a clinical trial actually do so in the United States. New volunteers are always needed in order to keep advancing new medicines.

I’m healthy. I thought clinical research was only for people with certain health conditions.

Healthy individuals without a preexisting condition are some of our most important volunteers. These volunteers can make just as meaningful contributions to medical research as anyone else. Healthy individuals for blood samples are almost always wanted. And many of our vaccine trials are geared toward this same group. If you are healthy without a preexisting condition, we likely have a study that works for you.

I won’t be able to leave a study once it begins.

While we encourage you to see the trial through, at any time you may walk away if you feel uncomfortable. Before doing so, we encourage you to bring up your concerns. Chances are we can accommodate or at least answer your worries. Our job is to make your study experience in a study a fulfilling one.

Clinical research studies are too dangerous.

Every clinical research study presents some level of benefit and risk. But it’s important to note that medical research studies are carefully conducted with the highest level of oversight. The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practices nationwide also apply to all clinical trials. Most of the clinical studies we conduct are federally regulated which means mandated safety and precautionary measures are put in place to keep all volunteers safe and informed.

I will be disqualified because I have a unique health condition.

The real reason why you might be disqualified is safety, not because of a unique condition. The chances are that your situation will be a perfect match for a study either now or in the future. But if you never inquire with us, you will never know if you may in fact qualify. If you are actually disqualified due to a condition you have, it is only for reasons of safety – don’t take it personally! We are here to consult you to a trial that best fits you, your condition and your interests.

I’m too old/young to join a study.

Every clinical research study has a different requirement for age. And because of that, we have welcomed volunteers of all ages over the course of our history. With our current studies changing frequently, at any time Rochester Clinical Research is seeking volunteers from the age of 6 months old to 110 years young. Let it be known that there is no age limit to volunteering with us.

I need health insurance to partake in a study. I will not receive any medical attention during a study.

You do not need to have health insurance to participate — plain and simple. Federal law and our own ethics demand that we make certain that every volunteer receives proper medical attention throughout the course of the study. We keep close tabs on every patient we treat, and your safety and care is our top priority.

Have you heard something that we didn’t cover here? Please contact us. We are always here to provide you with the information you need.


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Don’t Downplay Your Pain

Knee Pain_Osteoarthritis of the KneeIn recent months, many of our studies have involved researching treatments for pain in joints and muscles. And in talking with potential volunteers for these studies, our recruitment team has noticed an unfortunate but natural habit of some of our candidates.

Our pain treatment studies are great opportunities for those dealing with pain to get early access to new and investigational treatments for their condition. However, many candidates that could potentially be a fit for these studies are continuing to eliminate themselves before reaching an initial visit. In order to qualify for many of these studies, it may be required that you experience a certain level of pain in your day-to-day life. So when we speak with you, it is important that you consider the realization of you pain levels.

When our recruiters are working through the process of informing you about joining a pain treatment study, one of the most important questions we ask is ‘how severe is your pain?’ And it’s your response to this question that may determine if you’re a potential fit for a study.

For example, those of you with knee issues often experience some level of pain around the clock. Sometimes it hurts a lot and sometimes it’s ‘not so bad.’ Either way, you always have some discomfort, and this discomfort is pain. But because some level of pain is always there, you may have a naturally high tolerance for it. And when we are speaking with you, you naturally downplay the severity of your pain.

Remember, just because you manage to live with chronic pain every day does not make your pain any less severe! Ask yourself, ‘how might my pain compare to someone without any pain?’ A good day for you might be considered unbearable to someone else. If walking up the stairs creates serious discomfort in your knee, recall the time when it didn’t hurt at all and make a comparison!

It is of course constructive to live life with a positive attitude despite this discomfort. However, in this situation, objectively acknowledging your pain may lead to opportunities for relief. This does not make you a complainer, just an analyzer of your symptoms.

We are asking that you don’t downplay your pain! Be objective and honest when discussing your pain levels with us. We are in this together to advance the quality of life for both you and those dealing with your same condition.

Do You Know About Pneumonia?

The infection in the lungs known as pneumonia can be caused by many factors; germs, viruses, and other complications can all lead to this disease. And while there are several types of pneumonia, they all involve one or both of your lungs becoming infected. During the infection, when the alveoli (air sacs in your lungs) become filled with fluid instead of air, breathing becomes difficult and the spread of oxygen in the body is distressed. Serious complications and even death can occur due to this infection.

Who is at risk?

  • Elderly adults over 65 years of age and young children.
  • Individuals with additional health complications such as heart failure, COPD, and diabetes.
  • Those with chronic and pre-existing diseases that create weakened immune systems.
  • Living an unhealthy lifestyle including malnutrition and cigarette smoking.

The Facts.

  • Over 3 million people contract pneumonia each year in the United States and more than 500,000 of these people will be hospitalized.
  • Pneumonia is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and kills an estimated 50,000 Americans each year.
  • Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children worldwide killing over 1 million children under the age of 5 each year.

Treatment and Prevention.

  • Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent pneumonia.
  • Avoiding an environment of poor air quality can decrease the chance of contracting pneumonia.
  • Staying away from individuals who have contagious diseases can keep you healthy.
  • Getting vaccinated to prevent certain viruses that can lead to pneumonia can be very effective.

At RCR, we are now enrolling adults age 50 and over who would like to receive the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine as part of a clinical research study. If you are interested in learning about this opportunity, please call us at 585-288-0890 for more information.

Information compiled from the following sources: – Pneumonia – Pneumococcal – Pneumonia – Pneumonia

5 Steps to Joining a Research Study

One of the most common questions we receive from potentials volunteers is, ‘What does it take to join a research study?’ If you have been a part of a study before, then you know how it works. Still, it’s always good to refresh yourself on the procedure. If you haven’t joined us for a research study before, you’ve come to the right article. Here are the 5 steps to joining a research study:

Step 1: Identify a study of interest

There are many ways you can find out about a study at RCR whether it be radio, television, social media or the internet. The best place to locate our currently enrolling studies is By glancing through our current studies, you can see if something might be a fit for you. If you do not see a study that works for you, give us call or email us at and we’ll keep you in the loop when something pops up!

Step 2: See if you qualify

After you have a study in mind, the next step is seeing if you qualify. One way to do this is by visiting the study page on our website. We provide a ‘Check Right Now’ button for you to click and see if you pre-qualify using the entry criteria. By clicking the ‘Check Right Now’ button and answering the questions listed, you will be prompted to ‘Request a Phone Screen.’ As always, if you learn about one of our studies somewhere else than the internet, call us and we can bring you up to speed.

Step 3: Pre-screening

You have found a study of interest and reached out to us about potentially enrolling. At this point, one of our recruitment specialists will now have a phone conversation with you about the study and its requirements. This conversation is a very important step in joining a study as you will be able to ask and learn about every detail of the study. After you pass a pre-screen, you will then visit us in person.

Step 4: Screening visit

Welcome to Rochester Clinical Research! At this initial visit, one of our doctors will discuss your medical status and the benefits and consequences of joining the study. Don’t fear – our biggest goal is keeping you informed and safe. After a screening visit and a review of your medical history, you will be invited to join the research study if you meet the criteria.

Step 5: Enrollment

Congratulations! At this point you will now have enrolled in a research study. By volunteering, you are advancing medicine and improving the quality of life for someone in need.

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5 Causes of Osteoarthritis

Uncomfortable might be the best word to summarize the condition known as osteoarthritis. This disease is the most common form of arthritis and can occur in any joint in the body. Here are five causes of the ailment that affects more than 27 million people in the United States.

Age – Your risk for osteoarthritis greatly increases as you get older. Those older than 45 are most vulnerable statistically.

Genetics – As with many conditions, your chance of getting osteoarthritis increases significantly when it is in your genes.

Gender – Osteoarthritis is much more prevalent in women than in men.

Weight – Osteoarthritis is a joint complication. Therefore the greater the stress (or weight) placed on the joint, the likelier your risk of osteoarthritis.

Injury – Injuries to joints in the body can open the door to developing osteoarthritis down the road.

This disease is nothing to deal with on your own. Osteoarthritis can be very painful as it worsens over time. And the care of a doctor is a necessity. If you or someone you know if dealing with osteoarthritis of the hip, please consider our research trial on this condition. You can find more information on our study page. Please call us at 585-288-0890 with any questions or concerns.

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The Importance of Flu Vaccine Research Studies

VaccineAre you aware that the flu vaccine requires revision every fall to ensure it is effective in helping Americans avoid the flu? Without these annual adjustments, the vaccine you receive at your drug store or doctor’s office would not do the job it was meant to do; it would not stop the flu.

Every year, the influenza virus goes through a mutation which renders last season’s flu vaccine not as powerful. This new flu virus is more capable of infecting individuals and outperforming the existing flu vaccine. It is extremely important to match the new vaccine to the new flu virus as the strain deviates each season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that during years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to the circulating virus, it’s possible that no benefit from the flu vaccination may be observed. On the contrary, the CDC states that with a proper match between the vaccine and virus, the vaccine can be very effective.

In clinical research testing, volunteers play a vital role in confirming that a new vaccine is indeed efficient. Without research volunteers, there would be no advancement of the vaccine. Without advancement, many more people would suffer through the flu. And considering the flu kills an estimated 36,000 people every year, it is vital to have an efficient flu vaccine every fall.

It is important to note that in researching the vaccine, clinical research sites adhere to strict and legally-binding ethics and moral codes. Mandated safety precautions mean volunteers are overseen to the greatest extent to guarantee well-being. On top of that, the FDA and CDC monitor each and every vaccine being disseminated and tested across the country. It is important to understand that: No, you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine and yes, you will directly benefit Americans everywhere.

Are you now interested in advancing a new vaccine? Volunteers are needed and right now is the time. Every volunteer creates a step toward preventing illness and potential death. At Rochester Clinical Research, we proudly participate in advancing the flu vaccine every fall. Volunteers who visit us know they are advancing medicine and saving lives.

At Rochester Clinical Research, we now have multiple openings for volunteers interested in helping their family and friends avoid the flu this year. Each volunteer will receive study-related care and medication at no cost and compensation will be provided. Please call Rochester Clinical Research today at 585-288-0890 to find out how you can participate.

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“Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Third Edition” Available Now

shlotzhauerWith the third installment of her series on rheumatoid arthritis now in bookstores, Dr. Tammi Shlotzhauer answers a few questions about her new book “Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Third Edition.”

Q: Congratulations on the publishing of your new book, “Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Third Edition.” What have you added with the updated edition?

A: Thank you! The book has been extensively revised. So much has happened in the past 11 years that very little of the last edition has remained. The new medications for RA are numerous and, of course, that part of the book has been updated significantly. I have tried to describe how the immune system is effected by RA and how the new medications combat those changes. There are several new illustrations that I hope will help clarify this complex area as well. The biggest revisions, however, have occurred in the parts of the book that describe how RA may be triggered in the person with the right genetic predisposition.  In discussing those potential triggers, there is much new information on the effects of smoking, obesity, and diet on the development of RA. This is reviewed in detail and has some exciting implications for treatment.

Q: What can readers expect from the new book in terms of takeaways and advice?

A: More than in previous editions, there is much more information on what you can do to control RA with non-pharmaceutical approaches that work together with the new and exciting medications that are now available. Readers will have a thorough understanding on the benefits and limitations of all areas of treatment: exercise, diet, supplements, alternative treatments, and medications. They will also learn about how stress and poor lifestyle choices can actually worsen RA. More importantly, they will read about techniques to reduce these triggers and create a healthier existence. Although there are many remaining questions about the best approach to treating RA, the reader will have an enhanced understanding of the issues at hand. They will be well prepared to understand the choices that they will need to make when managing this condition.

Q: What are your hopes for this new third edition?

A: My hopes are that people will read this book and be as excited as I am about the hope for each of their futures. That future is bright!  My hope is that people reading this book will feel much more optimistic and equipped to handle this condition, its obstacles, and the decisions that will be presented to them regarding treatment.

Q: What does the future hold for rheumatoid arthritis patients?

A: I believe that the future is very promising. The new medications available have made it possible to significantly improve the lifestyle of even the most significant cases of RA. New data on the effects of diet are just starting to surface. There are still many questions, but as we learn more about the genetics and triggers of RA, we will be closer to learning how to prevent this condition. Until then, the new information and treatments available now will certainly enhance the wellness of people who are struggling with RA today.

The book is available now in hardcover, paperback, and digital at publishers everywhere, including Amazon.

Why You Should Have a Biometric Screening

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Have you heard the term biometric screening before? Now you have, and it might be in your best interest to schedule one of these screenings as soon as possible.

What is a biometric screening?

A biometrics screening is a simple procedure performed by a medical professional at a regulated healthcare organization to calculate someone’s basic health statistics, otherwise known as biometrics. These screenings are quick, painless, and informative – some of the reasons why you should consider scheduling one.

What is measured at a biometric screening?

At each screening, your important biometrics are assessed. A screening typically includes measurement of your:

  • Height and weight
  • Body mass index
  • Glucose level
  • Blood pressure
  • HDL/LDL and total cholesterol (lipid profile)
  • A1c blood sugar (for diabetics)

Why should I have a biometric screening?

  1. By knowing your biometric numbers, you will be able to assess your current level of well-being. This can help you begin or continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Many insurance companies and employers provide an incentive for individuals to undergo a biometric screening. The data received at your visit can be transferred to your provider to potentially arrange for an insurance discount or rebate. Some companies offer up to $300 annually for people to undergo a biometric screening! However, it’s best if you check your insurance plan to be sure.
  3. Most companies use biometric screening data to guide corporate wellness programs and work environments which can create a better work atmosphere for both you and your employer.

RCR is now offering biometric screenings!

At RCR, each biometric screening is performed by one of our certified medical professionals and normally takes less than 15 minutes. Through a sample blood droplet, your results are available in minutes. You will also be able to discuss these number with a member of our medical staff. And, we are happy to listen to any concerns you might have.

If applicable, a copy of your results will be sent to your doctor. We will also ask you if it is okay to retain a copy for future contact.

What is the cost of a screening?

At Rochester Clinical Research, we happily provide screenings free of charge to everyone. No Co-pay is required and health insurance or employment is not necessary.

How can I schedule a screening?

At any time, we are happy to field questions or concerns on biometric screenings. To inquire about scheduling an appointment please call us at 585-288-0890. Or visit the study page where you can click the ‘Check Right Now’ button to submit your information. What are you waiting for? All you need is 15 free minutes!

To determine if there is an incentive available for you to undergo a screening, we recommend that you contact your employer or insurer. Your insurance provider may have paperwork relating to their Wellness program that you may need to bring to our office.

What You Need to Know About E-cigarettes

The FDA is expected to issue rules soon laying out the framework under which e-cigarettes will be regulated. Given how little is known about the long-term effects of e-cigarette use or the specific ingredients within the devices more research is needed.

Producers of e-cigarettes, including some major cigarette makers, are currently planning to conduct clinical trials in an effort to quantify their products’ health risks, particularly in contrast to those of conventional cigarettes.

What are E-cigarettes?

An electronic cigarette, E-Cig, is a device often shaped like a regular cigarette that heats up liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that smokers inhale and exhale. Some e-cigs contain a mixture of nicotine and flavorings and others release a flavor vapor without nicotine.

Are E-cigarettes Safe?

The safety of e-cigs is not yet known because there haven’t been extensive research studies done to evaluate the health risks. There are a lot of people that think smoking e-cigarettes, AKA vaping, is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. But the reality is no one knows this for sure.

Is there a Study at RCR?

RCR may be participating in a clinical research study of an e-cigarette in the fall of this year. We will need over 200 smokers to be in this research study. If you are a current smoker, over age 30, and have smoked for that last 10 years, you may qualify. To be in this study you must not intend to quit smoking within the next 6 months. Call 585-288-0890 or email us at today to learn more.



Meet our CEO

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: Well I came from a big Irish family and grew up with a lot of chaos, love and laughter. So I tend to enjoy all those things today as well. I like to be involved with new technology and the latest research. I love learning and reading all kinds of books. There is always something new to learn.

Q: Can you describe yourself with one word, and why?
A: Curious – I like to understand and I am always
curious about what may be the next development.

Q: Why did you decide to work in the clinical research study industry?
A: I was fortunate to find a job in clinical research when I was starting my family and I was interested in working part-time as a nurse practitioner. I met Joe Izzo, MD a brilliant researcher in hypertension at the URMC and he taught me a lot about clinical research. So I would say the industry actually picked me!

Q: How did Rochester Clinical Research come about in 1994?
A: I worked in the research department at a large academic medical center as well as working in a large medical group practice. This is when I learned a lot about how to do research well. I thought there was an opportunity to conduct research even more efficiently in an independent environment where we could be more responsive to what needed to be done.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a research study volunteer, what would it be?
A: Ask questions – we are here to answer them or find the answer for you if we don’t have the answer.

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A Letter to Our Volunteers

Dear Friends of RCR:

Rochester Clinical Research is celebrating their 20th year as a clinical research site. We would like to thank you – our research friends and volunteers for your support over the past 20 years. Without the active participation of our 10,000 volunteers who have participated in various research programs since 1994, we would not have been able to help bring to market many new treatments and devices for so many diseases. Because of the generous time provided by our medical heroes like you, great strides have been made in the areas of diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, flu vaccines, home testing for HIV, smoking cessation, weight loss and many other areas of research. We thank you for your commitment to advancing medicine and changing lives.

We plan to have a celebration in the fall with an open house at RCR. We will be sending out invitations with more information as we get closer to the big day. Family and friends will be invited.

Thank you again for your time – we truly appreciate you!


Adam Larrabee, Director of Business Development
Adam Larrabee
Director of Business Development
Rochester Clinical Research, Inc.



New to Research? 10 Helpful Hints

NEW TO RESEARCH?  10 Helpful Hints:

  1. When completing forms or study diaries, always write in black ink. No pencil. No blue, red or green ink.
  2. If you have middle initial, please use it when signing any forms.
  3. If you need to correct something you wrote, cross it out with one single line, and write your initials and the date next to it.
  4. At your study visit, bring back to RCR all empty study pill bottles, blister packs, packages, and used kits (that we have given you). They all need to be accounted for.
  5. If you start a new medication for any reason, we need to know the exact name, dose and date you started it. Please bring the medication bottle to your next RCR visit.
  6. Fasting for blood work means nothing to eat or drink, except WATER.  We encourage you to drink plenty of water, as being well-hydrated will make it easier to draw your blood.
  7. If you are told you will have an EKG at a visit, please do not wear skin lotion on your chest or legs.
  8. Check your appointment card for specific instructions about your next visit. We will send you an email reminder of your upcoming appointments. If you prefer a telephone reminder please let the front desk know.     
  • You have a question about a diary or other form.
  • You are hospitalized more than 24 hours for any reason.
  • You need to reschedule your appointment.  Appointments need to be rescheduled within a “visit window” of a few days.
  • You would like to end your participation in a study.
  • You are running late or you will not be able to stay for your full visit (check your appointment card for expected visit duration).
  1. Tell your friends and family about RCR.  We are always in need of study volunteers.


The 26 Vaccine-preventable Diseases

The 26 vaccine-preventable diseases

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Once considered a dead area of drug development, vaccines have enjoyed a resurgence in the last several year as drug developers seek to expand the list of vaccine-preventable diseases. Recent additions to the list include shots for rotavirus (1998), HPV (2006) and swine flu (2009). Since the discovery of the first vaccine for small pox in 1796, the list of preventable diseases has swelled to 26, and continues to grow as drugmakers battle for market share in this rejuvenated field.



Yellow fever

Cervical cancer


Chicken pox

Pneumococcal infections





Group A, C meningococcal infections


Hib infections


Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B



Japanese encephalitis





Typhoid fever



CEO Patricia Larrabee nominated for the Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Patricia Larrabee Nominated for the AFP Genesee Valley Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Patricia Larrabee, CEO at RCR, nominated for the AFP Valley Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist Award

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Patricia Larrabee, RNNP, CCRC, has been nominated for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Genesee Valley Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist award. The AFP Genesee Valley Chapter will honor the nominees in seven categories on National Philanthropy Day® during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Larrabee, CEO of Rochester Clinical Research, is being nominated for her financial and volunteer support of Mary Cariola Children’s Center and Mercy Community Services. Larrabee’s financial support has provided the means for new and innovative music therapy to be available for children with complex multiple disabilities. She serves on the board at Mary Cariola, as well as Mercy Community Services where she was chair of their events committee and helped organize numerous fundraising events for the organization.






RCR Supports the Tyler Putnam Foundation

Tyler Putnam, an athletic and vibrant 16 year old at Irondequoit High School, died tragically of Meningitis on July 7th, 2011.  To honor Tyler’s memory, and to continue his legacy of giving back to others, Tyler’s father and sister, Lindsay and Shannon Putnam, established a charitable foundation in Tyler’s name.

As Tyler was a highly-skilled hockey player who loved the game, the foundation that bears his name provides assistance to Rochester youth who also love the sport, but cannot afford it. The Foundation website is:

Sadly, Tyler died of Meningitis B.  Here at RCR, we are conducting a study of an investigational vaccine to protect against Meningitis B, a form of Meningitis not covered by Menactra®.

For every subject enrolled in the study, RCR will be making a donation to the Tyler Putnam Foundation.  We welcome this opportunity to honor Tyler, and to carry-forward his legacy of selfless service to others. Click here to learn more and to see if you or your child pre-qualifies.

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