Participant Information

Who We Are

We are an independent research company, founded in April of 2007 by Mark J. Woyshville, MD, after his years of extensive experience in the medical and research industry. As Principal Investigator and Medical Director of North Star, Dr. Woyshville is board certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and has over 18 years of clinical trial experience.

What We Do

North Star Medical Research's objective is to provide sponsors with the highest quality trial data in a timely manner. We are engaged in research at all levels of therapeutics development, including proof-of-concept, investigator-initiated studies and completing tests for Phases II through IV. We initiate medical studies for pharmaceutical companies, and our primary emphasis is on neuropsychiatry, using a vast approach to studies.

Participating In a Medical Study with NSMR

At North Star Medical Research, we are dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our participants who enroll in our studies. Every day, research uncovers new information about medical conditions and possible therapies, and your involvement in clinical studies could help in the development of new medications and diagnoses. You and many other people may benefit from you willingness to become involved with our research studies.

Volunteering to participate in a clinical study is one of the best ways you can contribute to the understanding of diseases and disorders that affect people and the development of new therapies. Participants are important to the clinical study phase, and as a participant, you are the most critical step in a long process of research and testing in the development of new medications for a broad range of health problems.

Benefits to you as a participant may include:

  • Participating in the research process that may lead to new therapies
  • Receiving medical care from physicians during the study
  • Learning new information about your condition
  • Playing an active role in your healthcare
  • All labs and other medical procedures done as part of the study are at no cost to you
  • You meet with the doctor at each visit to discuss your health
  • You'll be educated about clinical research, so you'll know if it is right for you.

Being in a Medical Study

People with the condition being studied as well a healthy people can volunteer to participate in a study. Usually, each study has specific requirements such as age, sex, and medical condition for participants, and the physician conducting the study will review each volunteer’s medical history and the study requirements to determine who can participate.

Known risks and discomforts will be explained by the study physician prior to participating in the study. In addition to the known risks, there may be unknown risks such as medication side effects involved in participating in a clinical study.

Study procedures, risks, and benefits are explained to volunteers during the informed consent process. Our participants can leave any medical trial at any time. When withdrawing from the trial, the participant should let our research staff know and the reasons for leaving the study.

Informed Consent

Informed consent is the process designed to give participants the information that they need to decide about participating in a clinical study. This process allows you to ask questions and to exchange information freely with the clinical investigator. The clinical investigator is responsible for ensuring informed consent is obtained from each research participant before that person is involved in the research study.

The entire informed consent process involves giving a subject adequate information concerning the study, providing adequate opportunity for the you to consider all options, allows the investigator to respond to all of your questions, ensuring that the you have comprehended this information, obtaining your voluntary agreement to participate and, continuing to provide information as you or situation requires.  To be effective, the process should provide ample opportunity for the investigator and you to exchange information and ask questions. 

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