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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that people volunteer to join to evaluate new drugs, devices, or procedures. New, more effective, treatments are developed as a result of people having participated in clinical trials.

Most of the standard treatments used today were tested and shown to be effective through clinical research studies.

Clinical Trials Team

Colleen Dillenbeck

Colleen Dillenbeck
Clinical Research Associate II

I have worked in clinical research in various areas of medicine including orthopedics, multiple sclerosis, and oncology. I joined the Geriatrics department in June of 2019 and am excited to be coordinating studies for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. I feel it is so important to offer these clinical trials to our patients so that we can find better treatments for these diseases and help future patients and their families.

Linda Spillett, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate II

I have been a part of clinical research at Upstate for 21 years. I started out in oncology with my focus on lung cancer clinical trials. Since November of 2014 I have worked on coordinating various clinical trials for different departments including ENT, Nephrology, and Geriatrics. In July of 2017 I began working exclusively for the Department of Geriatrics coordinating clinical trials on memory loss, Alzheimers disease, and dementia. We hope that with earlier diagnosis and clinical trial participation we might one day delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Current Clinical Trials

The Upstate geriatrics team is involved in several clinical trials for Alzheimer's patients. See the listing of current geriatric clinical trials for more information.