Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate new medical approaches and increase scientific understanding of a number of diseases. Advances in medicine and science come from new ideas and approaches developed through research. New treatments must prove to be safe and effective in clinical trials with a certain number of patients before they can be made widely available.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

Each clinical trial offers potential benefits, however, can include certain potential risks. For the most part, clinical trials include access to new drugs and treatment approaches before they are available to the general public, close monitoring of your healthcare and side effects, and a chance to play a more active role in your health care. If you decided to participate in a clinical trial, you will play an important role in advancing scientific knowledge and helping yourself and future patients.

Dr. Mehta has been conducting various national and international clinical trials for over 20 years. At The Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, we conduct clinical trials in various rheumatologic conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Please view more information about clinical research, and some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding clinical trials.

Below is a listing of the clinical trials for which we are currently recruiting patients.


I decided to volunteer for a clinical research trial because I was unable to my daily functions such as housework, yard work, or just grooming myself. I am getting back a lot of my mobility and the reduction of the pain has been liberating for me. This trial has been a good choice.

Jette Chancey

I’ve seen the effects of rheumatoid arthritis in several family members. When I developed the condition myself, I decided that I would do whatever I could to help myself and also help others who may have to deal with rheumatoid arthritis. Being part of a clinical trial seemed like a perfect opportunity to do both. It’s been an interesting journey. The staff at the Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis have been helpful, informative, and offered unwavering support. I feel much better now than I did when I began the trial and am grateful for the opportunity to participate and learn.

Debra Salsman Durham

I volunteered for the clinical research trial because I could help others in the future as well as help myself due to the fact that I cannot tolerate injections. The staff and doctor are very friendly. They are very good at explaining things as the trial progresses. The medicine has kept me going and able to keep working and have a normal life.

Debra Rutledge

I volunteered for the clinical research trial because I have had some brutal gout flares in the past. I wanted to help with development of new medications to battle gout. My experience with the clinical trial has been great so far.

Jacob Dicus

I volunteered for the clinical research trial. My experience during the trial has been good. I feel like I was watched very close. They are extremely helpful with appointments.

Kathleen Miller

I decided to volunteer for a clinical research trial to learn more about how to help my gout. My experience during the trial was very pleasant. They are nice people!


I decided to participate in a clinical research trial because gout hurts! The study coordinators are very proficient, knowledgeable, and care about me. I would recommend this for anyone with gout issues.