Millburn Laser Dermatology stays current on the latest dermatology treatment techniques and procedures. We understand how clinical research plays a pivotal role in the field of medicine, particularly in finding the safest and most effective treatments for our patients. For dermatology research studies to be successful, we rely on qualified volunteers to help us as we explore new, promising treatments. That’s why our practice is pleased to begin offering participation in dermatological studies to our patients with our associated practice in New York City.
Being a Reseach Volunteer
As a participant in a clinical research program, you have the chance to be among the first to gain access to cutting-edge treatments before they are even available to the public, usually at no cost to you. More importantly, you get to play an active part in your healthcare, and your participation may create a positive change in dermatology by helping others receive better treatments for their conditions in the future. The treatments are usually free, and you will oftentimes receive financial compensation for your participation. Eligibility requirements vary for each study and determine the criteria for participation. When you apply for participation in a study, all the specific information regarding eligibility and compensation is found in each research study listing.
How to Take Part in a Study
Anyone may volunteer to be a participant, but not everyone will qualify for every study. Certain requirements apply to each study, such as age and having specific skin conditions. The first step to participating in a clinical trial is to sign up and apply for one. If you are eligible, a researcher will respond, and you will receive your treatment schedule as well as other pertinent information if you are accepted.
What to Expect as a Volunteer
Treatments take place at our sister practice, the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York’s Manhattan Research Center, so you will need to be able to travel to this location for your appointments. Research volunteers must be available for all treatment sessions, evaluations, and even at-home care regimens. Volunteers usually receive financial compensation for their time.
The Importance of Dermatological Research
Research is what allows doctors to determine the best methods to treat patients. It makes the advancement of new procedures, new medications, and new technologies possible. Many dermatological research studies which involve big data and tools used for analysis not only expand knowledge about many types of skin conditions, but also bring about the discovery of the most up-to-date life-changing therapies–from skin cancer treatment to cosmetic procedures–including the recent development in treatments such as photodynamic therapy (PDT), phototherapy, cryotherapy, and the wider use of Botox® Cosmetic.
Learn More About Dermatological Research Studies in NYC
In a dermatological research study, you can receive optimum care from highly trained and knowledgeable board-certified dermatologists in the field. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for any of the current studies or would like to learn more about the application process, you may call (212) 840-0499 or complete the sign-up form.
WRINKLES AROUND THE MOUTH
Concern: Wrinkles in the perioral area
Study Specifics: Looking for men and women who are 35-70 years of age and have moderate wrinkles around their mouth. Participants will have the area around their mouth treated with a skin resurfacing device. This study will last for 6 months and consist of 4 treatment and 2 follow-up visits. Photographs will be taken of the treatment area at all visits.
Compensation: Up to $300 per patient
NEVUS OF OTA
Concern:Nevus of Ota lesion on the face
Study Specifics: Looking for men and women who are over 18 years of age with a Nevus of Ota lesion on the face. Participants will have the Nevus of Ota treated with a laser that targets pigment. This study will last for up to 11 months and consist of up to 5 treatments and up to 13 follow-up visits. A biopsy may be included to guide and improve treatment results. Photographs will be taken of the treatment area at all visits.
Compensation:Up to $1,150 per patient; additional compensation for biopsies
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Concern: Unwanted colored tattoos
Study Specifics: Looking for men and women who are 18-50 years of age with an unwanted colored tattoo on the arm, leg, or trunk. Participants will have the tattoo treated with a picosecond laser that targets the tattoo ink, while half receives treatment with an acoustic pulse device. This study will consist of multiple treatments and follow-up visits. Photographs will be taken of the treatment area at all visits.
Compensation: Participants will be compensated
BOTOX FOR THE TREATMENT OF VERTICAL NECKBANDS AND JAW CONTOURING
Concern: Vertical neckbands at contraction
Study Specifics: Looking for men and women who are over 18 years of age and who have vertical (platysma) neckbands looking for neck and jawline contouring. Participants will have their neck and jawline areas treated with Botox. This study will last 4 months and consist of 1 treatment and 6 follow-up visits. Photographs will be taken of the treatment area at all visits. Participants must not have had Botox in the last 6 months, fillers in 18 months, or any laser resurfacing, radiofrequency, ultrasound, or chemical peels in 6 months to the treatment area.
Compensation: Up to $700 per patient
ACNE SCARS IN DARKER SKIN TYPES
Concern: Acne scarring in darker skin types
Study Specifics: Looking for men and women who are 18-65 years of age and have a darker skin type. Participants must have acne scars on the face, including their cheeks. Participants will have the areas of their face treated with a superficial resurfacing laser. This study will last 7 months and consist of 4 treatment and 2 follow-up visits. Photographs will be taken of the treatment area at all visits.
Compensation: Up to $450 per patient
INFLAMMATORY ACNE ON THE FACE
Concern: Inflammatory acne on the cheeks and chin
Study Specifics: Looking for participants who are over 16 years of age with moderate inflammatory acne on the cheeks and chin. Participants should have at least 15 inflamed and active pimples. Participants will be treated with a 1726nm laser that targets sebaceous glands. Early data shows 90% efficacy at one-year follow-up. This study will last for up to 16 months and consist of 4 treatments and 8 follow-up visits. Participants must not have had isotretinoin (Accutane) in the last 6 months. Participants agree to avoid non-study acne treatments.
Compensation: Up to $1,700 per patient
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