What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a complex neurological condition that causes cognitive decline, memory loss, and behavioral changes. It is the most common cause of dementia, a progressive loss of intellectual functioning, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. This progressive brain disorder impacts thinking, memory, and daily functioning, ultimately affecting a person’s quality of … Read more
We’re fast approaching the 2023 flu season. No one likes being laid-up and feeling the discomfort the flu brings, not to mention missing out on celebrating Thanksgiving and other seasonal events at the end of the year because you are contagious and too sick to travel. We recently sat down with Brandon J. Essink, MD, … Read more
Influenza, or the flu, remains a persistent concern as we approach the 2023-2024 flu season. Let’s refresh our knowledge on this viral illness and understand how it might impact us this year. Understanding Influenza (Flu) Influenza is caused by influenza viruses, with subtypes A, B, C, and D under its umbrella. In humans, Influenza A … Read more
What are NASH and Fatty Liver Disease? Fatty liver disease is a condition characterized by the accumulation of fat in the liver. It can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption (alcoholic fatty liver disease) or by factors unrelated to alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). NAFLD encompasses a range of conditions, with the most … Read more
Clinical research offers a dynamic and fulfilling career path for individuals passionate about advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes. As the demand for groundbreaking treatments and therapies continues to grow, so does the need for skilled professionals in this field. In this article, we will delve into the various roles within clinical research, shed … Read more
You may have heard of Lyme disease through headlines about celebrities like Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, and Avril Lavigne, who announced their diagnosis publicly. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can cause severe symptoms if left untreated. The disease is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks, and it’s prevalent in many parts of … Read more
How did you first hear about Velocity? I have worked with one of the doctors working on the study, Dr. Meyer, for years. He asked me if I was interested in the study, and I trust him, so I read more about it and eventually signed up. Why did you choose to participate in a … Read more
Have you or your children participated in clinical research before? No, this was mine and my children’s first time participating in clinical research. How did you first hear about Velocity? I believe I heard about Velocity over either a radio or Facebook advertisement, I believe. Why did you choose to participate in a research study? … Read more
How did you first hear about Velocity? I’ve heard radio ads for Velocity previously, but for this study, I saw a Facebook advertisement that caught my eye. Why did you choose to participate in a research study? I saw a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial advertised on Facebook. I wanted to help further the research to … Read more
How did you first hear about Velocity? I saw a notice hanging in my doctor’s office. My first experience was in a COVID-19 vaccine study. I also participated in two booster vaccine studies, as well. Why did you choose to participate in a research study? COVID-19 was a nightmare and I wanted to participate in … Read more
What led you to participate in a research study? I saw a roadside poster near the university in my neighborhood [for a vaccine study] and called Velocity. My first experience was in the Phase 3 trial for [one of the] COVID-19 vaccines. Subsequently, Velocity called me to see if I would participate in the trial … Read more
What is Influenza (Flu)? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is caused by influenza viruses. “The flu” and “influenza” are generally used as umbrella terms for four subtypes of the influenza virus: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A and B are the most common in humans, with Influenza A generally being the most … Read more
Featuring Commentary by Brandon Essink, MD, CPI, Chief Physician Officer at Velocity Monkeypox has made headlines lately as a new outbreak is steadily growing in the United States. In this article we’ll answer common questions about the virus and the vaccine intended to prevent infection with the help of Brandon Essink, MD, CPI, Velocity’s Physician … Read more
What led you to participate in a research study? I joined the COVID-19 vaccine trial because of what it was. We needed to bring this vaccine to market right away because it was so devastating and spreading fast. I was enticed by the opportunity to participate, be part of medical history, and to get it … Read more
Clinical trials are research studies of medications, vaccines, medical devices, procedures, diagnostics (tests), and other health-related products. These studies involve participants (also known as patients, volunteers, or subjects) to determine whether certain experimental products are safer and/or more effective than currently approved products. Without clinical trials, it would be impossible to develop new medicines, cures, … Read more
What is a Principal Investigator? A principal investigator (PI) is the person responsible for overseeing a clinical trial, research grant, or other sponsored research project. In clinical trials, also known as medical studies, principal investigators generally are physicians that carry out the study plan, known as the clinical trial protocol. The principal investigator also analyzes … Read more
What is a Respiratory Infection? Respiratory infections affect the respiratory system, including the nose, sinuses, throat, airways, and lungs. They can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi, but tend to present similar symptoms, such as a cough, congestion or runny nose, and fatigue. Because the symptoms are so similar among different types of infection, … Read more
What is Eczema? Atopic dermatitis (AD), better known as eczema, is a condition in which red (or on darker skin tones, sometimes brown or purple), itchy patches of skin flare up on various parts of the body. As a chronic condition, eczema tends to flare periodically, sometimes coupled with asthma and/or hay fever. According to … Read more
What led you to participate in a research study? I heard about it on Facebook. The money intrigued me, but then the chance to help move us forward toward the end of the pandemic hooked me. Is this your first experience with clinical research? What was the process like? I’ve participated in a couple other … Read more
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