University Clinical Research Center

University Clinical Research Center is committed to using the safest and most effective methods to conduct advanced and break through clinical trials.

A clinical trial is a research study which is created to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of a medical problem. By providing patients with FDA approved advanced testing, treatments and medications, we are able to not only help the patients who contribute to our research but also make improvements in future quality of care.

Clinical trials are carried out with a purpose of improving understanding of various medical conditions. Our Research team works together with patients to not only help alleviate the patient’s pain in the best way possible but also improve care for others suffering with similar conditions.

Our mission at University Clinical Research Center is to provide our patients with breakthrough therapies to treat critical medical conditions and in result provide conclusive medical evidence to help bridge the gaps of epidemiological knowledge in the medical community.

University Clinical Research Center provides FREE care for patients enrolled in our research studies. All medical exams such as initial consultations, follow ups, diagnostic testing, X-rays and any other related medical expenses will be FREE OF CHARGE for all patients enrolled in our clinical trials. Moreover, patients will also be reimbursed for their time and travel. Payments are subjective to study.

Current Studies – Enrolling

Back and Neck Pain Studies

back-painDo you suffer from chronic back or neck pain? Have you tried multiple therapies to treat your back/neck pain and nothing seems to work?

The American Academy of Pain Medicine has stated that chronic back and neck pain affect more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Such pains are known to cause poor health related quality of life, emotional distress, financial burdens and reduced productivity due to limited physical and emotional functionality. University Clinical Research Center offers a wide array of clinical research studies that can help alleviate back and neck pain. Among many others, some current clinical studies include: spinal cord stimulation, minimally invasive lumbar decompression therapies and topical ointments. We provide comprehensive consultations from our expert Physicians and Researchers to ensure you are enrolled in the most suitable study relevant to your prognosis.

Knee Pain

kneePain-300x300Do you suffer from chronic or acute knee pain? Did the pain start after trauma or just suddenly out of the blue?

At University Clinical Research Center, we provide a multitude of treatments to alleviate pain in impaired knees. Our Researchers take the time to understand each patient’s unique situation and customize analysis and care to provide safe, efficient and effective treatment plans. Our vast expertise and knowledge entails treating patients with Stem Cell Therapy, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and Specialized Topical Ointments.

Genetic Testing

geneticTesting-250x300Do you want to know how fast or slow your body is breaking down the medications you are taking? Do you ever wonder if certain medications contradict one another?

At University Clinical Research Center we provide an intricate genetic test which allows us to understand how each person metabolizes medications. This is a quick and simple procedure during which an individual provides a cheek swab to be analyzed by a specialized lab.

Every person is composed of a billion different cells which make up the different systems within the body. Each human body is comprised of distinctive multifaceted systems and therefore everyone breaks down medications at different rates. Genetic testing allows our Researchers to identify which medications your body is breaking down too fast or too slow, or if certain medications contradict one another. It can also provide confirmation that medicines currently being used are appropriate.

Our clinical researchers will provide a detailed explanation of your test results and if necessary suggest alterations to your medication plan so your body can function optimally.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

crps-300x300University Clinical Research Center has teamed up with Grunenthal Pharmaceuticals, located in Aachen, Germany to combat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Individuals may be affected by CRPS if pain from an injury is much more severe and long-lasting than normal, the affected area becomes swollen or stiff, there are mild or dramatic changes in skin color, temperature or swelling, or the pain spreads throughout the body. Grunenthal has developed an intravenous infusion therapy which is hoped to provide patients with aid in countering the agonizing symptoms associated with CRPS. University Clinical Research Center will administer the medicine, comprehensively monitor patients’ progress during treatment and provide follow up care to the patients after therapy has ended.

Sleep Apnea

sleep-ApneaDo you feel tired after a full night of sleep? Do you snore when you sleep?

Sleep apnea affects millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, it is common for this sleep disorder to go undiagnosed and untreated, which may lead to serious heart problems, neurological impairments and physiological challenges.
There are two common forms of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea that occurs when throat muscles relax and allow the tongue to fall back and block the airway, causing a snore. In the time period that breathing stops, oxygen levels fall and blood pressure increases, causing a potentially dangerous situation.
  2. Central sleep apnea is often diagnosed in patients who have been taking pain medication for a prolonged period of time. Central sleep apnea is diagnosed when a person’s brain does not send accurate signals to the muscles that control breathing. The airways remain open but the diaphragm temporally stops functioning, causing the individual to wake up gasping for air. This type of sleep apnea does not cause patients to snore.

University Clinical Research Center offers patients an elaborate test to detect and diagnose sleep apnea, as well as provision of care targeted at alleviating this condition.

Contact Us

More information is available at ucrcnj.org

We also welcome you to contact us with any questions. Please call (732-873-6868) or email research@upmcpain.com.