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Clinical Trials Specialist

Shankle Clinic

Neurology Specialists located in Newport Beach, CA

If you have a progressive disease or a disease that isn’t responding to conventional treatments, you may benefit by participating in a clinical trial. Men, women, and children who have a disorder or disease that affects their nervous system and brain can participate in clinical trials at Shankle Clinic. Part of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California, the clinic is led by founder William Shankle, MS, MD, FACP. To find out if you or a loved one qualify for a clinical trial, contact Shankle Clinic by phone or use the online form.

Clinical Trials Q & A

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial uses volunteers to test drugs and treatments that haven’t yet been approved by the FDA and aren’t yet part of the standard of care.

Pharmaceutical companies, behavioral therapists, and other medical professionals use clinical trials to conduct research on new treatments to determine their effectiveness and safety and to find out if they’re better than current options.

Participating in a clinical trial gives you access to therapies and medications that may help you control your symptoms and could possibly improve your condition.

What kinds of clinical trials can I participate in?

Shankle Clinic offers clinical trials for all of the conditions they treat, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Memory loss
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neurogenetic disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Most neurodegenerative, neuromuscular, and neurogenetic disorders can’t yet be cured. Some types of clinical trials, including immunotherapy, hold the promise of being able to stop or even reverse disease progression in certain conditions.

What are the benefits of clinical trials?

When you enroll in a clinical trial, you get access to medications or therapies that aren’t yet available to the general public. However, they’ve already been tested and found safe in animal studies. 

Some benefits of a clinical trial include:

  • Your evaluations and check-ups are included
  • You take an active role in managing your disease
  • Your participation may benefit others with the same condition
  • You may have access to support groups

The medications or therapies could also extend or improve your quality of life.

What are the disadvantages of clinical trials?

If you’re accepted into a clinical trial, you may not be part of the treatment group. If you’re part of the treatment group, you may suffer from side effects from the medications. Clinical trials can also be time-consuming, which may not work with your current lifestyle.

How can I get involved in a clinical trial?

If you think that you or a loved one would benefit from participating in a clinical trial, talk to your neurologist at Shankle Clinic. Your doctor may also be the one who suggests enrolling in a trial, if your symptoms aren’t being controlled with currently available medications, or if your disease is currently incurable.

The team conducts a thorough examination and patient history before enrolling you in a clinical trial. To find out if you qualify, contact Shankle Clinic by phone or through the online form today.