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?

  • 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. 

  • Importantly for us as physicians, being involved in clinical research helps us to remain at the forefront of this ever evolving medical field.  We have nearly 20 years of clinical trial experience and therefore have developed an expertise with many drugs years before they become commercially available to the public, which in turn benefits our patients.

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)

    • 3 clinical trials with promising new, but not FDA approved, drugs for the treatment of SLE​

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    • 1 clinical trial with an FDA approved drug to monitor its effects in RA

    • 1 clinical trial with promising new, but not FDA approved, drugs for the treatment of RA​ 

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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