Clinical Research

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is the process through which medications are evaluated and approved for use in the treatment of various medical conditions. All medications must pass through prolonged, rigorous testing prior to their approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for prescription use in the U.S. In order to obtain such approval, pharmaceutical companies select physicians to recruit patients that have specific diagnoses and are willing to participate in testing of the new medication. Hence, clinical pharmacology research offers patients the opportunity to experience the effects of new drugs prior to their release to the general public.

Gwinnett Clinical Research Center was founded in 1981 and has participated in over 225 clinical trials. Some of the major advancements in dermatologic therapy have resulted from this process and helped many patients prior to availability to the general public. The Research Center, located in our Snellville office, is owned and operated by Dr. Joel S. Shavin and Dr. Jonathan S. Weiss. They are assisted by two Research Coordinators. All studies are conducted under the guidelines of Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), under Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight, and according to the rules and regulations of the FDA.


Linda Davis, MA, CRC

  • MA degree, Athens Technical College, 1999
  • ACRP Clinical Research Coordinator Training, 2002
  • Dermatology and geriatric psychiatry research experience, 7 years
  • Member, Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Colleen Ethridge, LPN, CRC

  • Graduated from Bakersfield College, nursing program 1995
  • Experience with correctional nursing, orthopedics, oncology, and hospital discharge planning, 17 years
  • Diabetic, Nephrology, Rheumatology, and Dermatology research experience, 3 years.

Current Studies

We are seeking qualified patients for the following clinical research studies:

Moderate atopic dermatitis for ages 12 and up.  A topical gel applied daily, there are 6 office visits over 2 months.
» Request to Participate in Study

Moderate to severe rosacea for ages 18 and older.  A topical foam is applied daily.  There are 7 office visits over 12 weeks.
» Request to Participate in Study

A Psoriasis registry study that will consist of questionnaires only. One study visit every six months for patients with psoriasis and on a biologic.
» Request to Participate in Study

Moderate to severe facial acne with a topical lotion for ages 9 and up.  There are 6 office visits over 12 weeks.
» Request to Participate in Study

Mild to moderate onychomycosis (toe nail fungus). A topical medication for ages 12-70. Study lasting 58 weeks with one office visit every 12 weeks.
» Request to Participate in Study

All of our research office visits are free of charge to our research participants. Study procedures and study drug are also free. We have a flexible schedule and try to work around those who work full time or may have a busy schedule. We also offer payment incentives for every completed study visit. If you feel you would qualify for any of the studies we would love to talk to you!

Contact Information

Gwinnett Clinical Research Center, Inc.
2383 Pate Street, N
Snellville, GA 30078
Tel: 770-972-2241
Fax: 770-972-7955
gcrcinc@gwinnettdermatology.com

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Snellville Office

2383 Pate Street
Snellville, GA 30078
Tel: 770.972.4845
Loganville Office

117 Lee Byrd Road
Loganville, GA 30052
Tel: 770.972.4845
Braselton Office

1515 River Place, Suite 300
Braselton, GA 30517
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