We are currently looking for volunteers to join the following research study programs:
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a typical cause of joint pain and disability. Osteoarthritis, or OA, occurs when the cartilage in the joint breaks down, causing pain, inflammation and problems moving the joint. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in the knees, hips, lower back and joints in the hands. The age of onset and progression can vary from person to person, however, most patients’ symptoms begin with joint pain and functional limitations.
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that inflames and narrows the airways of the lungs, thereby causing difficulty breathing. Asthma symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. The exact causes of asthma are unknown, however, we do know that asthma can have hereditary or environmental causes. It is estimated that about 3 million Canadians have asthma.
The flu is a highly contagious and common illness that is caused by the influenza virus. There are three different types of flu viruses: influenza A, B, and C, all of which cause illness in humans.
People can get the flu any time of year, but in Canada and most of the Northern Hemisphere, flu season spans late fall to early spring. Flu activity typically peaks between December and March.
People of all ages can get the flu. However, children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible and more likely to develop serious complications.
Diabetes is a disease that sneaks up on many patients with complications that may have been prevented with earlier blood sugar control. As such, we have multiple programs examining the benefit of existing and novel treatment medicines and techniques to improve care for diabetic patients.
Waking up during the night to use the washroom can be debilitating to live with as it can create chronic sleep impairment. We are currently enrolling for a clinical research study for patients who experience nocturia due to the over-production of urine at night.
ANEMIA (of Chronic kidney disease)
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a disease in which the kidneys slowly lose their ability to function. At the start of the disease, most people do not have any symptoms, which is why sometimes people are unaware that they have CKD. The two most common causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Bluewater Clinical Research Group is proud to help contribute to this research and are actively looking for individuals with anemia in conjunction with kidney disease.
DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE
Many people with Type 2 Diabetes also have reduced kidney function without even knowing it. In fact, an estimated 4 out of every 10 diabetics may develop kidney problems at some point in their life. The kidney’s job is to help filter and remove waste from our blood. Having diabetes can put you at a greater risk for developing kidney damage over time, which leads to the kidneys losing their ability to filter out waste products, causing kidney disease. In patients with diabetes, consistent high blood glucose levels cause the kidneys to filter too much blood, which leads to the kidneys overworking.
More commonly referred to as high cholesterol, hyperlipidemia is a condition of elevated lipids, or fats, in the blood. Hyperlipidemia increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease, which can in turn lead to heart attack, stroke, and other medical problems. Bluewater Clinical Research Group is dedicated to research that may improve the quality of life and outcomes for individuals with hyperlipidemia who are statin-intolerant.
Pneumonia is a bacterial infection that leads to inflammation in the lungs. This infection causes the lungs to fill with fluid or pus, making it hard to breathe. Pneumonia can be life-threatening. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50,000 people died from pneumonia in 2017. Pneumonia is also the leading cause of hospitalizations in the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. Although a few vaccines exist to prevent pneumonia (Prevnar™, Synflorix™, and Prevnar 13™), these vaccines do not protect against newer bacteria that cause pneumonia.
To find out more, or see if you may qualify, please provide us with your contact information and one of our enrollment facilitators will be happy to get in touch with you. As everyone has different schedules, we may even text you to set up a good time to talk. Clinical research studies can have varying criteria. We generally have a few questions that help us determine if you qualify and if the study may be a good fit for you.
Please visit our Join A Study page for more information.