Do you suffer

from cluster

headaches?

Treatments that provide lasting cluster headache relief are not yet available. Join a research study of an investigational medication for cluster headaches from the comfort of your home.

Be proactive. Help your community. Participate.

Who Can Take Part?

Anyone:

  • With cluster headaches

    You must be diagnosed with cluster headaches by a doctor

  • Living in...

    the United States

  • Ages

    18–65

Who We Are

We’re Science 37, and we’re here to improve the clinical research process for patients, which is why we make sure that any part of the research that can be done at home is delivered to you in your home.

As you go, you may be wondering how to do this or that…no worries, we’ve got you covered. Just give us a ring and we’ll walk you through it. That’s what we’re here for.

Since we’re going to be spending some time together, here’s a little bit about us: We love science and we’re committed to health advancements. It’s why we do what we do. When people in communities like yours participate, we can push for breakthroughs together. For us, it’s all about empowering communities. So let’s make it happen. Scroll down and we’ll tell you how to sign up in a snap.

Why does your participation matter?

Development of new treatments is constant and ongoing. By joining together, you and researchers can bring us closer to more effective and safer treatment options for those who suffer from cluster headaches.

What’s involved?

  • Treatment
  • Take an investigational medication via injection under the skin four times over the course of one to six days, depending on cluster headache frequency and response to the investigational medicine
  • Study assessments include (but are not limited to): physical exams, questionnaires, blood tests, electrocardiogram or ECG tests
  • Care and communication with your personal study team
  • A dedicated study team will monitor your health
  • You will receive a smartphone to complete study assessments and to communicate with the Science 37 study team for the duration of the study
  • Compensation
  • Participation is free; those who are enrolled will be compensated up to $100 for completing all study procedures

Meet the Full Team

David Kudrow, MD

Medical Director, Neurology

Dr. Kudrow is a board certified neurologist who is an expert in headaches. He has over 20 years of clinical research experience as an investigator in industry sponsored trials. He is Director of the Headache Clinic at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, where he also completed his residency. He completed undergraduate and medical training at the University of Southern California.

Charles Flippen II, MD

Neurology

Dr. Flippen is a neurologist and Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He earned his BA in Psychology from Northwestern University, his MD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed his neurology residency at University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. He completed his Headache Medicine research fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He is a member of the Headache Research and Treatment Program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Jade Yen

Senior Clinical Project Manager

Jade received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from California State Polytechnic University Pomona before continuing on to earn her Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University. Jade is a clinical research professional with extensive experience in oncology trials.

Thabiso Chirwa

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Thabiso earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has an academic and clinical research background and has worked on Phase I-III clinical trials. Prior to joining Science 37 he worked at the UCLA Neurobiology of Epilepsy Lab developing research programs focused on rare diseases. Thabiso is dedicated to engaging in research that leads to treatment advances and cures.

Saara Arshad

Clinical Data Coordinator

Saara is an experienced Research Coordinator with a passion for helping others. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Drexel University, Saara served as a Study Coordinator at Columbia University. There she coordinated a two-year clinical study that evaluated the impact of modified cognitive behavioral therapy towards cocaine addiction. Most recently, Saara served as the Executive Director at Niswa Association, a non-profit that is committed to serving domestic violence victims and the underserved population by providing culturally and linguistically competent services.

Katie Chiu

Clinical Research Coordinator

Prior to her career as a Clinical Research Coordinator, Katie worked as a MFT (marriage and family therapy) trainee while in school for her Masters in Clinical Psychology. Her past research experience heavily involved MRI imaging studies focusing on cardiology, oncology, and neuorimaging. She also had hands on experience with neuropsych study protocols where she administered clinical and laboratory assessments and ran MRI scans on study participants.

Paige Oliver

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Paige studied at Pomona College, where she earned a BA in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics while playing varsity softball. She has nearly 3 years of experience in academic research focused on infection diagnostics via biomarker identification as well as some clinical research experience in infectious diseases. She is excited to continue working in clinical research and exploring how telemedicine can increase access to innovative therapies.

Alison Le

Clinical Research Coordinator

Alison earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. There she started her research career then graduated to work in Clinical Research at Boston Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston before moving to California. In California she has worked in private practices as well as at UCLA Medical Center in various therapeutic areas including Cardiovascular Medicine, Cosmetic Dermatology, and Infectious Disease. Alison has a passion for research and technology and enjoys being at the forefront of discovery and innovation in science and medicine.

William Mills, RN

Patient Experience Manager

William is a registered nurse with 12 years of critical care experience in both university and nonprofit hospitals. While working in critical care, he was a member of the MERP committee to identify and analyze medication errors in order to improve medication administration policy and patient outcomes. As part of the Science 37 clinical trials team, he provides expertise in the execution of in-home trials that involve nursing intervention.

Jason Dierkising

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jason graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. During his undergraduate studies Jason was engaged in research on the development of an ELISA diagnostic tool to be used to identify strokes more efficiently. Jason also had an internship at the UCSF MS Clinic where he worked on various studies focused on increasing the quality of care and the doctor patient relationship for patients with MS and research that sought to better understand the disease progression and effective treatment. Jason was drawn to Science 37’s client-centered goals in bringing the clinical trial to the patient. While working with MS patients in a clinical research setting, Jason clearly saw the need for a company like Science37 and is proud to join them in their mission.

Stephanie Riocci

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Steph graduated from MIT with a major in Biology and minor in Brain and Cognitive Science.  While there she was very involved in academic cancer research at the Koch institute, using mouse models to study the mechanisms that underlie tumor development.  Most recently Steph worked in an immunology lab at Cedars-Sinai Hospital studying the role of memory T cells in inflammatory diseases.  As an aspiring physician, Steph is very excited for this transition into patient-centered clinical research and to contribute to the Science 37 mission by being as kind, useful and awesome as possible!

Dena Hopkins

Clinical Research Coordinator

Dena comes to Science 37 with 5 years of clinical research experience, as well as experience working in the non-profit setting and the biotechnology industry. She began her clinical research career working at the Developing Brain Research Laboratory at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dena was one of the first coordinators and helped develop the research program, which focuses on the developing brain in utero and in the newborn. After relocating to California, Dena worked at MemorialCare Health System coordinating trials in therapeutic areas ranging from stroke and aneurysm to pediatric gastroenterology. Dena earned her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The College of Wooster in Ohio and her MPH in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is passionate about using innovation to transform clinical research and make trials more accessible to patients.

Risa Ravitz, MD, PhD

Neurology

Dr. Risa Ravitz is a board certified Neurologist and Headache and Pain Management Specialist at Hudson Pain & Spine Medicine in New York, NY. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Ravitz completed her residency in Neurology at Harbor UCLA and then went on to complete her fellowship in Headache Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. In 2013, she was recognized as a Super Doctor in New York Times Rising Star.

Questions

  • What does a typical research study look like?

    Ever wonder how new medications or medical devices are developed? Research studies help determine whether new treatments are safe and effective. And research participants make it all possible. Participants may receive specific interventions — which may be investigational medications, devices, or procedures — according to a research plan (referred to as a protocol) developed by the scientists and doctors involved in the research. Research studies may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active investigational medication, or to no intervention at all. These elements vary depending on the research study, and the research study team will discuss these in detail before you agree to participate. With participant safety in mind, governing bodies have established many rules to help ensure that research studies are conducted in the most ethical and safe way possible to keep participants protected throughout.

  • Why volunteer to take part in a research study?

    Volunteers are part of the next wave of awesome science and can influence the future of medicine. Advances in research have allowed people to get personalized cancer treatments, be vaccinated for polio, manage their diabetes, and countless other developments — and these breakthroughs wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. People volunteer to:

    • Help others by contributing to medical knowledge
    • Get more involved in their own health care and learn about their condition
    • Get access to new or different treatments
    • Join a community and get support
    There is no guarantee that a research study will help your condition, but the results will contribute to knowledge that may make a difference in the future care of patients.
  • Can I tell my doctor? Will my doctor get involved?

    You can always share information about the research study with your primary care doctor or other healthcare provider, such as a specialist. We encourage you to do so, especially if this is someone you know well and trust. Your doctor can be an additional resource when you are first learning about a research study and have many questions. You can continue to see your doctor throughout the research study for routine visits and tests. Our research study team is available to talk to both you and your doctor if there are any concerns or questions. Working together helps to ensure that you are fully supported for your health needs.

  • Will taking part in a research study cost me anything?

    There is no cost to participate, and some research studies offer reimbursement for your time and effort.  This will vary depending on the research study and is discussed during the informed consent process.

  • How long is a research study?

    The duration of a research study will vary depending on the protocol.  Research studies are designed by a team of expert scientists, physicians, and statisticians.  When you learn about a research study, you will be informed about the time commitment needed before you consent to participate.

  • How do I take part in a research study from home? How do I receive study supplies?

    Science 37 research studies are designed to make participation easier for you. Where permitted, study medication and other supplies, including a study device (such as a smartphone) that contains Science 37’s research study app, NORA, are shipped directly to your home. If you have any problems with receiving or using the supplies, you will be able to contact the study team at any time. Participants will use Science 37’s NORA app on a study device to keep connected to the study team and ensure that you know what to do and when to do it. For instance, you may use the app’s video chat capabilities — similar to FaceTime or Skype — with your study doctor rather than traveling to see them in person. Some studies may require nurse visits, and to keep your traveling to a minimum, mobile nurses may visit you directly at home, while others may require visiting a local clinic for physical examinations and having blood or urine samples taken. If required for a study, participants may be compensated for expenses related to the travel and lab visits. To keep you informed and up to date on all study activities, NORA will display your personalized study calendar and send you reminders and notifications.

  • Can I talk to other people about the research study?

    We understand that talking about your experience is an important part of feeling supported. You may speak with your family, friends, or doctor about your potential participation in the research study. We also have a talented team of doctors, researchers, and coordinators who are happy to address your questions and concerns.

  • What happens after I complete the research study?

    After you complete the research study, the study team will answer any questions you may have and get your feedback on your overall experience during the trial. As a Science 37 research study participant, you will have access to educational content and future research opportunities. After the study, participants should continue to see your local primary doctor or healthcare provider for routine medical care.

  • What if I want to leave a research study?

    You can leave a research study at any time and for any reason. You are under no obligation to complete a research study or give a reason why you’re leaving one. Although we do our best to make our research studies as easy as possible for you to take part in, we understand that there are many reasons why finishing may not be possible.

Have More Questions?

We have an awesome team of doctors, researchers, and coordinators who are eager to help guide you through the research process and happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Phone: (310) 971-9864

Email: CHTrial@science37.com

 

For more information about this research study, please visit the listing on ClinicalTrials.gov.

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