Lactose Intolerance (Closed)

ClinPoint Trials is seeking individuals with symptoms of lactose intolerance to participate in a clinical research study. 

Giving up dairy can be hard. People with lactose intolerance may have to give up consuming dairy to avoid symptoms such as stomach pain, cramps, bloating, gas movement, release of gas, and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance happens when your body cannot process the sugar in milk (lactose). Lactose intolerance is fairly common - it affects over 40 million people in the United States.

The Liberatus Study aims to find out how well an investigational medication works to improve the symptoms of lactose intolerance (your ability to eat lactose containing foods, like dairy, without discomfort) compared to placebo.

You may qualify for this study if you:

  • Are 18-75 years of age

  • Have a current or recent history of intolerance to milk and other dairy products for at least 1 month

  • Have no other gastrointestinal disorders that could interfere with the study, including Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease or chronic constipation

  • Agree to stop taking all other treatments and products used for lactose intolerance (e.g. Lactaid®, dietary supplements, herbal remedies) throughout the course of the study

  • Agree to abstain from consuming dairy products during certain days of the study and to include dairy products at other times

  • Are willing to complete multiple electronic diary questionnaires at specific time points (sometimes daily, sometimes weekly) during the study, which will capture your daily lactose consumption, any symptoms you may experience, questions about how you are doing, etc.

Other criteria may apply to determine if you are eligible. 

Individuals that qualify to participate will receive compensation for their time, travel, and diary compliance (if applicable). 

For more information or to see if you qualify to participate, please visit the Liberatus Study webisite or call the ClinPoint Trials offices at (972) 937-1640 to speak with a Study Coordinator.

About Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a common gastrointestinal condition resulting from the body's inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk or milk-containing products. For those with lactose intolerance, the small intestine does not break down lactose. Instead, the excess lactose goes undigested into the large intestine. Bacteria in the large intestine ferment the undigested lactose, causing gas production and other gastric symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas movement, release of gas, and diarrhea.

Currently there are no prescription treatment options for lactose intolerance, but there are over-the-counter medications and supplements that may help to reduce lactose intolerance symptoms for some people.

About Investigational Medications

"Investigational" means that the medication is still being studied and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not yet allow it to be sold in the United States. The FDA allows investigational medications to be used only in research and continually monitor the research and development process. 

From the Lab to Your Medicine Cabinet

Understanding Clinical Trials and the Purpose in Participation

By: Marisa Sibley

Originally published in the May/June 2017 issue of Ellis County LIVING Magazine

When I was a child, I struggled with asthma. To help my condition, my doctor gave me an inhaler that contained a preventative asthma medication. It was easy to use and it helped make physical activities easier for me. I was able to play my favorite sports without fearing I wouldn't be able to breathe. This helped give me a better quality of life as a child. I no longer struggle with asthma, but I am thankful that there was a treatment available to help my condition. 

For me it was an asthma medication and in inhaler. For some it may be insulin or a blood sugar monitor. For others it may simply be an over the counter medication for a common cold or a headache. 

All medications of medical devices available for use by the general population are so only because of individuals who were first willing to volunteer to participate in clinical trials. 

Clinical trials are research studies that seek to answer questions about medical treatments, medical devices or medical strategies. All medical treatments and devices start as ideas. Those ideas are then developed and tested in the laboratory. If the research on these new developments is promising and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves further research testing, then the idea may move forward into clinical trials with human volunteers. 

All potential treatments and devices are tested first in Phase 1 trials, which will only assess whether or not the products are safe for human use. If the products show to be generally safe, then the treatments or devices will continue into Phase 2 and 3 trials with larger numbers of volunteers. These trials continue to answer questions about safety, but also begin to assess how well a product works to improve patient outcomes, if it will benefit a patient, or if the product causes unexpected harm. The FDA monitors and reviews the research data on investigational treatments and devices very closely during all phases of clinical trials and can stop the trials at any time. 

After all trials are completed, the FDA may or may not decide to approve a new treatment or device. Only after FDA approval will these ideas turned treatments end up in our medicine cabinets. Research then continues on these treatments or devices after they enter the marketplace. 

There are many reasons why people choose to participate in clinical trials The top reasons include to advance medicine, to help improve the lives of others, to help improve their own medical condition or to supplement their own standard health care. 

If you choose to join a clinical trial, you can expect to first be thoroughly informed about the study, what the study is testing, information about study appointments and procedures, potential risks and benefits, and your role as a participant.The study doctor, also called an Investigator, will assess whether or not you would be eligible to participate in the study. your eligibility may depend on your medical history, medications you are taking, or other diagnostic tests or exams. 

Throughout the course of your participation in a trial, you can expect your health to be monitored very closely by the Investigator and the study team. This is done through a series of visits to the clinical research site before, during and after a study treatment or device is received or used. Since you are a volunteer, your study-related care is provided free of charge. You may also receive compensation for your time and travel. 

Had no one ever participated in clinical trials for asthma, I may not have had access to a medication that helped my condition improve as a child. Clinical trials are the gateway to advancing medical knowledge and patient care for generations to come. Whether you are a healthy person or have a chronic medical condition, you can help to move medicine forward through participation in a clinical trial. It is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial in the future or would like more information, reach out to your local clinical research site to speak with a member of the study team about how you can get involved. 

Marisa is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) at ClinPoint Trials, a clinical research site in Waxahachie. Learn more at You can reach her at (972) 937-1640 or for more information.

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Type 2 Diabetes (Closed)

ClinPoint Trials is seeking adults who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes for a clinical research study. 

You may be eligible for this study if you are currently taking Metformin. 

Throughout the course of the study, your health will be monitored by the study team and the study doctor. Qualified participants will receive study-related physical exams, lab tests, and investigational study medication or placebo at no cost.

Compensation may be provided for time and travel.

Contact us at (972) 937-1640 for more information.

Migraine Headaches (Closed)

Do you get migraines?

ClinPoint Trials is seeking individuals who get migraine headaches for a clinical research study. 

You may be eligible for this study if you are between the ages of 18 to 75 and have been diagnosed with migraine headaches for at least one year. 

Throughout the course of the study, your health will be monitored by the study team and the study doctor. Qualified participants will receive study-related physical exams, lab tests, and investigational study medication at no cost.

Compensation may be provided for time and travel.

Contact us at (972) 937-1640 for more information.