Synergy Research Centers is the leading clinical trial center based out of San Diego County where investigational medicine studies are conducted in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Over the last 24 years, we have been evaluating participants and conducting trials of studies for psychiatric disorders and other neurological medical conditions. Our clinical research studies have been conducted since 1997. We offer inpatient and outpatient clinical research trials in San Diego.

If you do not see a study of interest, please fill out the form to the right and a Synergy team member will contact you shortly. Call the study information line: (888) 619-7272

If you or a loved one is interested in one of our clinical research studies or learning more, please fill out the form or contact us today. *Qualified participants will receive a stipend at each scheduled visit. Transportation is available on select studies.

A clinical trial is a scientific research study designed to advance medical knowledge with the help of human volunteers. There are two main types of clinical studies:

  • Observational studies are used to collect data about illnesses, medical conditions, and potential treatment plans.
  • Interventional studies test the safety and efficacy of new treatment methods for a particular illness or condition.

Treatments evaluated during clinical trials can include medications, devices, procedures, or even changes to a person’s behaviors or habits. Trials can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the treatment being evaluated. Each clinical trial is overseen by a principal investigator, often a medical doctor, who develops a protocol for conducting the study. The protocol defines basic, crucial information such as the purpose of the study, the number of participants needed, and the treatment schedule. Volunteers who elect to participate in a clinical trial must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the protocol. This is to protect the integrity of the study, as well as the health and well-being of the participants.

What’s the Difference Between an Observational Trial and an Interventional Trial?

If you’re interested in participating in a clinical research study, you’ll first be screened to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Criteria varies from study to study, but often includes factors such as age, gender, and existing medical conditions. Some clinical trials seek healthy participants, while others limit participation to those who have the illness or condition being studied.

Once you’ve enrolled in a clinical trial, you’ll be required to follow the treatment schedule exactly as detailed in the protocol. This means attending all visits to the clinic and taking all medication as described. Some clinical trials involving pharmaceuticals are placebo-controlled, meaning participants may receive an inactive substance instead of the drug being evaluated. In most cases, these types of trials are double-blind, meaning neither you nor your doctor will know whether you’re receiving a placebo.

Depending on the trial, you may receive compensation for your participation. Generally, the longer the trial, the more compensation you may receive. In addition, many clinical research facilities, including Synergy Research Centers, can provide transportation to and from our clinic.

There are many benefits to participating in a clinical trial, such as:

  • Gaining access to cutting-edge treatments before they’re available to the general public
  • Receiving individualized, careful attention from a highly qualified medical research team
  • Helping others by contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge

Once you’ve found a study that you qualify for, you’ll need to contact us for a phone screening. This will generally be a quick interview with a recruiter, who will ask a few questions to ascertain whether you’re a good fit for the clinical trial. If they think you’re a match, you’ll proceed to the next phase: medical evaluation.

Because clinical trials usually have requirements regarding medical history and current health conditions, you’ll likely need to undergo a physical exam, blood tests, and if applicable, a psychological evaluation.  All tests will be conducted by licensed medical professionals, and your information will be kept completely confidential.

Before enrolling in a study, it’s also important to understand the potential risks. It’s possible that your treatment may be ineffective. You may also experience uncomfortable and unwanted side effects. Prior to making your decision to participate, you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions to help you fully understand the scope of the study. Some questions you may consider asking include:

  • What is the purpose of this study?
  • What will my responsibilities be as a participant?
  • What are the possible short-term and long-term benefits?
  • What are the possible short-term and long-term risks?
  • Who will oversee my medical care while I’m participating?
  • How could participation affect my daily life?

After weighing the potential advantages and disadvantages, you’ll be asked to sign an informed consent document to confirm your understanding of the risks, benefits, and responsibilities associated with participating in the study. Participation is always voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

Join a Research Study in San Diego, California

With over 24 years of experience running clinical trials in San Diego, Synergy Research Centers is committed to finding solutions to a wide range of diseases and disorders. Right now, we’re conducting a variety of clinical research studies to help identify effective treatments for depression, diabetes, and more.

Our Team

Dr. Bari
Dr. BariMedical Director, Principal Investigator
30+ years of medical experience.

Alvarado Parkway Institute, Medical Director.

Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Adult and Geriatric).

Residency at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio.

Graduated from Omani University, M.B.B.S.

Dr. Semeniuk
Dr. SemeniukMedical Director, Principal Investigator
25+ years of medical experience

Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Adult and Pediatric)

Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn

Graduated from St. George’s University, Grenada

Woody Woodaman
Woody WoodamanChief Executive Officer (CEO), President
Served as Executive Director of Affiliated Research Institute

Held CEO positions at Affiliated Mental Health Professionals, Vista Hill Hospital, Oak Creek Hospital and Alvarado Parkway Institute

B.A. from San Diego State University

M.A. in counseling from La Verne University