Clinical Research



What is a clinical research project?

Clinical research projects, also known as clinical research studies and clinical trials, are research studies that measure the safety and effects of new treatments and procedures in human volunteers.

Why do we do clinical research in this office?

  • Importantly for us as physicians, having the opportunity to be actively involved in clinical research allow us to stand at the forefront of the continuously evolving medical field.  With more than 20 years of clinical trial experience, we have developed an expertise with many drugs years before they become commercially available to the public.
  • It gives us treatment options in those difficult-to-treat patients when current FDA-approved medications just aren’t enough.

  • Many patients are not able to receive the standard of care treatment for their disease due to high out-of-pocket costs.  Clinical research provides potential services and medications to these patients who would otherwise not be able to afford it. 

Why should you consider becoming involved in a clinical trial?

There are many benefits to participating in clinical trials, some of which include getting treatment for an illness when no other treatment exists, receiving expert care for your condition, having early access to new treatments, and knowing your participation is helping others.



What type of clinical research do we do?

We are currently offering clinical trials in the following areas: 

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

    • Phase 3 clinical trialwith an already approved FDA drug to treat Crohns Disease, Plaque Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis now being studied to evaluate its effectiveness in treating SLE​.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 

    • Phase 2 clinical trial with an oral medication studying the effectiveness in patients with an inadequate response to biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic medications.

  • Psoriatic Arthritis
    • Phase 3 clinical trial with a drug already FDA approved to treat psoriasis, now being studied to evaluate its effectiveness in patients with psoriatic arthritis.

  • Gout
    • A head to head clinical trial comparing a promising new drug that breaks down uric acid to a drug already FDA approved to treat gout in patients with high serum uric acid levels despite conventional therapy.

What do you do if you’re interested in learning more about clinical research?

If you are interested in learning more about our current trials, then please call 562-794-9801 and ask to speak with our director of clinical research Michelle Pratt or email her at


Valerius Medical Group & Research Center
10861 Cherry Street, Suite 104
Los Alamitos , CA 90720
Phone: 562-294-6329
Fax: 562-685-0570

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