Department of Neurology

Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial & Why is it important?

Clinical trials, also known as research studies or clinical research, evaluate new treatments or compare new treatments to standard treatments, in order to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat cognitive disorders or their associated symptoms.  A clinical trial is one of the final stages of a long and careful research process.

Clinical research may involve patients, family members, and caregivers.  It may also involve tests such as blood samples, radiological tests, memory tests, psychological tests, physical tests, or other biological specimens.  Some clinical trials intend to figure out if a new therapy is safe and effective.  Others research quality of life and care behaviors in the hope of learning more about chronic conditions.  In some cases the research may involve “normal/healthy” subjects, with the intent to compare their responses to those of patients, family members, or caregivers.

If a new treatment proves effective in a study, it may become a standard treatment that can help others. Clinical trials answer important scientific questions and often direct future research. In addition to helping advance treatments, they also offer patients access to cutting edge treatment protocols that are not otherwise available.

Through clinical research we make medical advances from gaining knowledge about therapies’ safety and effectiveness in an effort to help others with similar conditions in the future.  The promise we make in offering research trials is one that considers safety as its highest priority.  All clinical research at the SIU School of Medicine must be approved by its ethics committee (Springfield Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects, [SCRIHS]).

How do I find out more about clinical trials currently offered?

Find a Clinical Trial at SIU Department of Neurology by choosing disease state below:


Learn more about the Clinical Trial Process and Experience at "NIH Clinical Trials and You" View Web Site

Search the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke Clinical Trial Index View Web Site

Search the Clinical Trials Registry (ClinicalTrials.gov) supported by the U.S. National Institutes for Health View Web Site

Although our objective is to provide an updated listing of available clinical trials please note that a listing here does not guarantee that a trial is open or available to any specific patient and that there may be additional trials available that are not listed. Complete information is available by contacting the Clinical Trials Office.

Additional Information:

SIU Department of Neurology
Clinical Trials Office


Mail code 9645
Fax (217) 545-4282

Barbara Lokaitis, BA, CCRP
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
blokaitis@siumed.edu
(217) 545-9737

Sally Fritz, MA, LCPC
Clinical Research Specialist
sfritz@siumed.edu
(217) 545-6829

Taylor Darnell, BS
Clinical Research Specialist
tdarnell38@siumed.edu
(217) 545-3013

If you are interested in participating in a clinical drug trial, please contact us for the latest information.