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Research and Clinical Trials

 

If you have diabetes, there are sometimes opportunities for you to participate in research.  You may want to consider participating for the following reasons:

  • Close follow-up by health care providers
  • Free supplies and/or medications depending on the study
  • Possible personal therapeutic benefit
  • Opportunity to benefit others
  • Knowledge and experience with leading or "cutting edge" therapies

What is a research

 study?

This type of research is done to prove a hypothesis or to answer a specific question in order to discover new knowledge or new approaches to care.

 

 

What is clinical research?

 

Clinical research is a branch of medical science that determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease.

 

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials, also called clinical studies, are research studies with people.  Each trial seeks to find better ways to improve care by preventing or treating diseases.

 

 

 

What is currently available in Waterloo Wellington region?

 

TrialNet:  Type 1 Diabetes Research

 

This focus of this research is prevention of type 1 diabetes.  The study screens relatives of people with type 1 diabetes to see if they are at risk for type 1 diabetes.

 

This research is conducted by SickKids hospital in Toronto, but they offer screening clinics at the various Diabetes Education Centres in Waterloo Wellington region.  For more information, click here

 

 

Clinical Research:  The Grand River Diabetes and Vascular Research Centre 

The Grand River Diabetes and Vascular Research Centre is led by Dr. Joanne Liutkus, a specialist in internal medicine and diabetes, and is located in Cambridge Ontario.  Her team have been conducting research studies in this area for the past 10 years in affiliation with national and international universities as well as recognized pharmaceutical companies.

 

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please call:

 

Grand River Diabetes and Vascular Research Centre at

 

519-277-4231

 

and ask to speak to the Clinical Research Co-ordinator

 

There is no obligation unless you agree to volunteer, and all information is kept strictly confidential.

 

 

Clinical Research:  Dr. Sameh Fikry Medicine Professional Corporation

 

The Dr. Sameh Fikry Medicine Professional Corporation is led by Dr. Sameh Fikry, a primary care physician, and is located in Waterloo Ontario.  His team have been conducting research studies in this area for the past 9 years. The team have conducted more than 40 clinical studies in all areas of general medicine — including diabetes, chronic obstructive bronchitis, asthma, women's health, hypertension, dyslipidemia, migraine, and Crohn's disease.

 

There is no obligation unless you agree to volunteer, and all information is kept strictly confidential.

 

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please contact the Dr. Sameh Fikry Medicine Professional Corporation at 519-569-7592 or kwrtrials@gmail.com and ask to speak to the Clinical Trial Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

Nursing Research:  Melissa Northwood, PhD Student, School of Nursing, McMaster University Trainee, Aging, Community and Health Research Unit

 

This study is about understanding how older adults care for their diabetes and incontinence while receving home care services. 

 

Who can take part in the study?

- Men and women, 65 years or older

- With Type 2 Diabetes and urinary incontinence

- Receive home health care services

 

What will you do?

- Take part in an interview for 1 to 1.5 hours in your home or by phone. 

- You will be asked about your experiences in caring for your diabtes and urinary incontinence and the home care services you receive and how they support your care.

- You will receive a $20 honorarium for your time

 

For more information on this study, please contact Melissa Northwood, at 289-527-2707 or northwm@mcmaster.ca

 

This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board.  Version 1 (04/07/2017)

 

 

Exercise and Cardiometabolic Health Study

 

Researchers in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph are investigating the ability of different exercise training protocols to improve cardiovascular and metabolic health.

 

Who can take part in the study?

- Men, 45-70 years old

- With prediabetes

- Physically inactive and overweight

 

What will you do?

This study is a 6-week exercise training study, with three possible groups:

 - Endurance (END): Exercising 5 days per week for 20-35 min at a moderate intensity
 - Sprint (SIT): Exercising 3 days per week, performing 4-6 repetitions of 30 sec at a high intensity mixed with 2.5 min rest
 - Combined Endurance-Sprint (COMB): Exercising 5 days per week alternating between the endurance session (3 days) and

the sprint session (2 days)

- You will receive an honorarium for your time

 

For more information on this study, visit the website or contact the researchers at exercise.metabolic.health@gmail.com

 

This study has been approved by the University of Guelph Human Research Ethics Board (REB# 17-08-008)

 

 

 

Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes and Their Food Choices Study

 

Researchers from the McGill University's School of Human Nutrition are investigating food literacy in young adults with type 1 diabetes.  

 

Who can take part in the study?

- Young adults, 18-29 years old

- With Type 1 Diabetes

 

What will you do?

- Voluntarily agree to participate

- Complete a questionnaire that will take about 25-30 minutes

 

For more information on this study, visit the website or contact the researchers at foodchoices.study@gmail.com

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights or welfare as a participant in this research study, please contact the Manager, Research Ethics at 514-398-6831

 

 

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