Founded in 1991 by Deborah Dyer, RN, BSN and the late Jacqueline Smith, RN, BSN, Central Kentucky Research Associates (CKRA) is one of the most highly experienced multispecialty clinical research sites in the nation.   Located in Lexington, CKRA  was Kentucky’s first independent clinical drug research facility.  Since that time, CKRA has conducted over 500 Phase I through IV clinical trials across a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, dermatology, musculoskeletal and immunology.

Clinical research trials are carefully controlled research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people.  They are designed to answer scientific questions about vaccines, new therapies or new ways of using known treatments to determine whether those new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective.

People who participate in clinical trials do so for many different reasons. They may want to play a more active role in their own health care or gain access to new medical treatments that aren’t currently available to them. Some people participate because they feel good knowing that the information obtained from their participation in a study will ultimately benefit others with the same condition. In addition, participants can receive medical evaluations, study-related lab tests and study medication at no cost, and they’re usually compensated for their time and travel.

CKRA conducts a variety of clinical research trials at any given time. Currently enrolling studies include an investigational vaccine for C. difficile (C. diff) in adults 60 years old and older; Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Postmenopausal Women; Low Testosterone; and Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Upcoming studies include Overactive Bladder; Smoking; and vaccines for Anthrax, Avian Flu, Ebola and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. For more information or to see if you may qualify to participate, contact CKRA at 859.264.8999 or visit CKRAresearch.com.

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