Welcome to the Samaritan Center for Medical Research & Clinical Trials
The Samaritan Center for Medical Research (SCMR) is located in Los Gatos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. SCMR was established for the sole purpose of conducting all phases of clinical trials. The Center was established in 2005 by founder and principal investigator, Maia U. Chakerian, M.D. Since 1993, Dr. Chakerian has directed and participated in numerous clinical trials, both as a faculty member of the Pain Center at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, and since 1994 as a private practitioner specializing in pain medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Founder & Principal Investigator
Dr. Chakerian is founder of, and Principal Investigator for the Samaritan Center for Medical Research (SCMR), an organization formed for the purpose of conducting clinical trials for the drug and medical device industries.
If you're interested in participating in clinical trials being conducted by SCMR or other organizations, or would like to know more about what's going on with the latest drug or device developments, please visit our clinical trials site at the link provided below.
Maia U. Chakerian - Principal Investigator:
- Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology
- Experienced clinical researcher since 1994
- Learn more about Dr. Chakerian
Clinical Trials Currently Recruiting
Descriptions of Individual Studies
Chronic low back pain
To test the effectiveness of an experimental drug OXN versus a placebo in people suffering from moderate to severe chronic low back pain.
To test the safety and effectiveness of the drug OXN in the management of constipation caused by opioid medication.
Learn more: www.lowbackpainandconstipation.com
|Male and female subjects ≥ 18 years of age with moderate-to-severe, chronic low back pain as their predominant pain for at least 3 months prior to first visit.
To assess the effect of celecoxib versus nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on cardiovascular events, gastrointestinal events and renal events and symptomatic benefit in subjects with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis with cardiovascular disease or at risk of developing CVD.
|Male and female subjects≥18 years with a chronic analgesic regimen for at least 6 months.
Post-injury nerve pain
To assess the effect of pregabalin (Lyrica) versus placebo on the effect of pain related to prior injury to a peripheral nerve.
Male and female subjects ≥18 years with peripheral nerve pain present for more than 6 months after a traumatic or surgical event (car accident, fall, sports injury, knee or hip replacement, hernia repair, thoracotomy, mastectomy, burn, crush injury.
Herniated lumbosacral disc
To assess the effect of injection of investigational product into the nucleus pulposus (center) of a herniated L4-5 or L5-S1 disc versus sham injection as measured by changes in leg pain.
Male and female subjects 30-70 years of age with lumbar disc herniation (L4-5 or L5-S1) with sciatica in either leg for ≥ 6 weeks and < 1 year.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
To demonstrate the effectiveness and consistency of 3 manufacturing lots of MMR vaccine.
Male and female children 12-15 months of age will be vaccinated against MMR, and receive other scheduled vaccines at the same time.
Implanted spinal catheter and pump
Post-approval study to assess for long-term safety of the Prometra Programmable Pump System.
Male and female subjects ≥ 22 years with either chronic non-malignant pain or cancer pain who meet requirements for intraspinal medication infusion.
- Cancer pain
- Non-cancer pain
- Implantable devices
- Neuropathic pain
- Migraine headaches
- Post-operative pain
- Low back pain
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Opioid-induced constipation
- Herniated lumbosacral disc
Sponsors, Clinical Research Organizations and IRB's
- Purdue Pharma
- Johnson & Johnson
- United BioSource
- Western IRB
- Ethical and Independent Review Services
Sub Investigators Specialties
- Cardiac surgery
- Vascular surgery
Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Assistant:
Phone is (408) 356-0503 X 223
About Our Research Main Office
The main office of Samaritan Center for Medical Research occupies 2000 sq. ft. in a medical arts building adjacent to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. The office is 5 miles from downtown San Jose and the San Jose International Airport, and is conveniently located along public transportation routes.
Equipment & Services:
- Phlebotomy station
- CLIA certificate
- Freezer to -20˚C
- Double-locked drug storage cabinets
- Secure records, some stored onsite, others archived and readily available
- Analog line
- DSL internet connection
- Electronic medical records
- Separate workspace for study monitors is available, with telephone, printer, copier, and fax
Dr. Chakerian has hospital appointments at two nearby full-service inpatient hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA, and El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos and Mountain View, CA, allowing for inpatient and outpatient studies.
Off-site Equipment & Services:
CT, MRI, ultrasound, DEXA, EEG, NCV/EMG, spirometry