Clinical research has been a critical component of RGW since the practice opened close to 30 years ago. Our physicians have always been dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of retinal and macular diseases through investigative trials.
Throughout the years, we have participated in numerous national clinical trials. Our highly respected researchers have tested new therapies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, vascular occlusive diseases and retinal detachment, and conducted a host of other cutting-edge research.
The efforts of our physicians and supporting staff members—complemented by the cooperation of our patients and referring doctors—have resulted in FDA approval of many currently available treatments. Our research team is committed to carefully selecting well-designed, safe trials that test the most promising new treatments and ensure our patients experience the best medical care possible.
The vast majority of clinical trials are conducted in our Chevy Chase, MD and Fairfax, VA offices.
Clinical trials are research studies of human beings that are designed to answer specific health questions. They often represent a critical final step in the evaluation of a new treatment. Some research studies use participants with a particular illness or condition, while others rely on healthy volunteers.
Individuals volunteer to participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Some people enjoy gaining access to new treatments before they are widely available while others take pleasure in helping others by contributing to medical research.
Please check with the research coordinator to verify the status of currently-enrolling trials.
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If you wish to participate in a research trial, or have any questions regarding our research program, please do not hesitate to contact Smitha Gopakumar (firstname.lastname@example.org / 301-656-8100).