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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
Manager, Clinical Trials Program
dillenco@upstate.edu

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.


Megan Schuler, LPN

Megan Schuler, LPN
Clinical Research Coordinator
schulerm@upstate.edu

I have been an LPN for over 15 years. I have worked in Alzheimer's / Dementia Units, endocrinology, home care and family care nursing. I am new to research and have recently joined the Geriatrics Department and am hopeful that in helping coordinate studies in memory loss, Alzheimer's and dementia we can help and find new ways to aid with these diseases.


Carol Reichel

Carol Reichel
Clinical Research Associate I
reicheca@upstate.edu

My career over the past 20 years has been in oncology clinical research and accounting. I was pleased to join the Geriatrics department in June of 2021. I look forward to using my experience to support the team, helping to track expenses and payments for these important studies being offered in dementia and Alzheimer's disease here at Upstate.


Kevin Hanretty

Kevin Hanretty
Clinical Research Associate I
hanrettk@upstate.edu

I am a former Public Health and Exercise Science Graduate. I am new to clinical research but have a passion for helping individuals of the Geriatric Population specifically with aiding in discovering new treatments for Alzheimer's / Dementia. I'm hopeful that in joining the Clinical Research Team we can find new ways to improve the quality of life to those who have been diagnosed with such diseases and their loved ones.


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. 

Diversity Recruitment into Clinical Trials

Patient Testimonials 

I became involved with the MIND Study because I knew it was how I could make the most of my situation. With my loving wife and study partner by my side, I can easily participate in research that helps those that come after me my children and grandchildren.

All the staff members administering the study have been incredibly kind and helpful. They made the process feel comfortable and easy, and their care has shown through like a bright light I want to thank each and every one of them for all their help and dedication.

- Dan P. - Syracuse, NY
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