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Emerging Medical Research

Wake Research Partners with EmergeOrtho to Create Emerging Medical Research

What is Clinical Research?

The physicians and staff at EmergeOrtho have many years of experience conducting clinical trials from advanced devices and treatments for spine, knee and hip surgery to the latest biotech pharmaceuticals. Our team of Rheumatologists have participated in clinical trials for the now approved treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Psoriatic Arthritis medications that have become available over the past 20 years including Enbrel, Humira, Orencia, Rituxan, Kineret, Actemra, Cimzia, Xelganz and Cosentyx. In addition to Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis, our studies have included clinical trials for gout, pain, osteoarthritis, and various types of back and neck arthritis and disc disease.

We believe the availability of clinical trials is a valuable resource for our patients allowing them access to cutting edge therapies when established medications and procedures are not satisfactory. Our participation also keeps us at the forefront of the newest advances in treatments. Please check our site often or contact us if you are interested in possible participation in a clinical trials. Please contact us at clinicaltrials@emergeortho.com.

Currently Enrolling Clinical Trials

If you would like to know more about any of current research programs please contact our clinical research department at 919-281-1796 or by email at clinicaltrials@emergeortho.com.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wrists and/or feet? If you're between the age of 18-60 and have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, consider a clinical research study.

Qualified participants will receive compensation for time and travel.

If you're interested, contact Emerging Medical Research at 919-281-1796.

Psoriatic Arthritis

The Selecta-PsA 1 clinical research study needs volunteers to help test an investigational drug.

You may qualify for this study if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis with symptoms for at least 6 months
  • Have tender and swollen joints
  • Have taken drugs such as Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, Leflunomide or apremilast , but your symptoms didn't completely resolve
  • Must not have taken any biologic DMARDS drugs

Ankylosing Spondylitis

If you are suffering from the pain and stiffness of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) symptoms despite treatment, you may want to consider participating in a research study of an oral investigational medication for AS.

You may qualify if you:

  • Are a male or female, at least 18 years old.
  • Have received a diagnosis of AS.
  • Are currently experiencing AS symptoms.
  • Have tried other medications to treat AS that either didn’t work or you stopped using because of side effects.
  • Are willing to follow a plan of study visits, laboratory tests and other study procedures for the duration of the study, approximately 56 weeks.

For qualified study participants, all study medication (or inactive placebo), study related tests and study doctor’s visits will be provided at no cost to you for the duration of the study. You may also be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses required for you to attend study visits.

Spine Disease/Surgery Device

Considering Low Back Surgery?

We're looking for volunteers to join a study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational device designed to help reduce postoperative leg pain, back pain, and neurologic symptoms in patients undergoing lumbar partial discectomy.

If you are 22-70 and have had at least six weeks of prior conservative treatment, you may qualify* for this study. (other qualifications apply)

Qualified participants receive:

  • Treatment with the investigational device at no cost applied during surgery if randomized to the treatment group.
  • Study-related examinations and evaluations at no-cost.
  • Compensation up to $100 for time and travel.

Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Is Hip Pain Ruining Your Quality of Life?

Want to Consider a Possible Alternative to Surgery?

We're enrolling participants in a study of an investigational, injectable medication to compare it to placebo for people with hip pain from osteoarthritis.

To qualify, you should:

  • Be age 40-80
  • Have a BMI under 40
  • Experience moderate to severe hip pain from osteoarthritis

Other qualifications apply

Qualified participants receive:

  • Up to $800 for time and travel
  • Study-related medication or placebo no-cost
  • Study-related medical exams at no-cost

Health insurance is not required.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

EmergeOrtho and Emerging Medical Research, our clinical trials division, is conducting a clinical trial for patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee. This study is now enrolling. We are scheduling patients in both Raleigh and Durham Emerge Ortho offices. If you have been told you are bone on bone and will need knee replacement soon you may be a candidate for this study. Please contact our research office at 919-281-1698 or email us at jclayton@wakeresearch.com or mparks@wakeresearch.com.

Upcoming Clinical Trials

If you would like to know more about any of current research programs please contact our clinical research department at 919-281-1796 or by email at clinicaltrials@emergeortho.com.

  • Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease
  • Post Op Pain /Posterior Spine Surgery
  • Chondral Knee Defect Stem Cell Therapy

Staff

Linda Belhorn, M.D.
Director of Clinical Research
Rheumatology

Jan Hallenborg, L.P.N.
Clinical Research Coordinator

jhallenborg@wakeresearch.com

Shandelle Parker, CCRC
Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

sparker@wakeresearch.com

Joanna Clayton
Research Assistant

jclayton@wakeresearch.com

Crystal Hughes, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

chughes@wakeresearch.com

Emerging Medical Research

David Musante, MD FAAOS
Medical Director Emerging Medical Research
Orthopedics

Sara E Monday
Site Director Emerging Medical Research

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