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Test-TubeChoosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important decision. The following frequently asked questions provide introductory information about clinical trials. It is also helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. The decision to enter a clinical trial or not is always up to you. Anything you decide will, of course, be personal and will depend upon your interests, needs, and expectations about research. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.

The Clinical Trial Volunteer’s Bill of Rights

Points to Remember

  • Clinical trials are tests of medical treatments to see if they are safe and if they work.
  • Before you agree to take part in a study, you must be given complete information about the study, including possible side effects and benefits.
  • You must sign a special agreement called “Informed Consent” before taking part in the study.
  • You can leave the study at any time.

Current Trials

OCD Treatment Study

Does your child need to do things over and over again? Have a fear of contamination or dirt? He or she may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). A research study on OCD is being conducted by UF Department of Psychiatry. Your child must be between 7-17 years old and in general good health. The study includes the following: office visits, medical exams, laboratory tests, psychiatric evaluations and supportive therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and study medication (sertraline or placebo). If eligible there is no cost to participate. Participants will be seen by board certified child psychiatrists, liscensed psychologists, and qualified study coordinators. If interested please contact us by phone at 352-392-3613 or e-mail us

Pediatric Tourette’s Trial

Please Click Here to download a PDF version of this study

DBS for OCD Study:

Please Click Here access study information

Contact Us

Department of Psychiatry
1149 S. Newell Drive
Mc Knight Brain Institute
Suite L4-100
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 294-4900
Fax: (352) 392-2579