Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Anniversary PMG Research!

PMG Research began as a single site based in a GI office in Winston-Salem, NC in 1979. Thirty five years later and we span 3 states, 10 sites, 53 practice partners, 130+ Investigators, and 150+ employees - and we're still growing! Most importantly, we have touched the lives of over 200,000 people in our sites' communities. Some of you have participated in several studies with PMG, some have participated in one. Many of you have reached out to us just to learn more, or simply because you share our philosophy that clinical research changes lives.

We would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to every one of our study volunteers - including those still waiting for a trial that is the right fit. It is because of you that we are the organization we have become and because of you that we strive to fulfill our mission every day:
To bring clinical research to as many lives as possible, while delivering unparalleled service and exceptional value to our clinical trial partners and stakeholders. 

Thank you!

Friday, June 6, 2014


PMG Research is excited to share that we have partnered with The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) as a sponsor for the Inaugural Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk to show appreciation for all clinical trial volunteers. The event will coincide with the Drug Information Association (DIA) 2014 Annual Meeting taking place in San Diego on Monday, June 16, 2014. The DIA Annual Meeting is the largest multidisciplinary event that brings together a global network of life sciences professionals to foster innovation that will lead to the development of safe and effective medical products and therapies to patients.

With a mission to bring clinical research to as many lives as possible, PMG Research has partnered with CISCRP in order to raise public awareness and appreciation for clinical trial participants, also known as Medical Heroes.

The 5K event will recognize the gift of the millions of volunteers who participate in clinical trials to help advance the development of life changing therapies. Proceeds from the event will support education and outreach programs to patients and members of the public interested in learning more about the clinical research process. In addition, a vaccine will be donated to a child in need for every race participant through the Greater Gift Initiative.

We are thrilled to be a part of this great event as a way to say THANK YOU to all our clinical trial participants! We will be sure to share pictures and information from the day of the race!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

International Clinical Trials Day

Today is International Clinical Trials Day!

May 20 is the recognized date for organizations, clinical research professionals, and the public to acknowledge the life changing achievements that result from clinical research. The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) honors this day on their website with some great stories from participants discussing the impact of clinical research on their lives. If you would like to read these testimonials, you can do so by clicking here.

Thank you to all our research staff, physician investigators, Sponsor & CRO partners, and our participants for all you do each day to advance medicine!

Friday, May 2, 2014

National Infant Immunization Week

PMG Research was proud to support National Infant Immunization Week alongside our partner, the Greater Gift Initiative (GGI).

We understand some people have questions about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, especially in the US where the current generation of parents of young children have not seen evidence of disease for many of the illnesses for which their children receive vaccines. The Greater Gift Initiative has located some great resources to help us all understand how vaccines work and the facts on safety from credible sources. The CDC addresses vaccine concerns on its website

We also encourage you to visit the the GGI website at to learn more about how vaccines are donated for every clinical trial participant at PMG Research, and other organizations in our industry.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the NIIW events this week!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Choosing the Study That's Right for You

How to Choose?

Have you ever been to our website and been overwhelmed by the number of studies we offer? How do you choose which study is right for you? We would like to make this process as easy as possible so we are offering a brief tutorial to work your way through our extensive list of available studies. Click on any of the images to view a larger version.

Let’s suppose you are interested in a diabetes study and you live just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Because of your location you may be interested in studies in our Charlotte office, but Salisbury or Hickory might be convenient as well. Therefore you have 3 PMG sites that could meet your needs.

Step 1: Visit and click on Participants. Once there, select Search Available Studies in the purple navigation bar. Next, choose which site(s) work best for you by checking the box next to site name in the green box.

Once you've selected the sites, click By Medical Condition and type Diabetes, then hit Search Now. (If you’d like to see all of the studies enrolling at the selected site(s), you can just click Search Now after you've selected the site(s).)

This will provide you a list of all the diabetes studies for the site(s) you have selected. The next thing you’ll want to do is review each listing. The best place to start is by looking at the gender and age range of the study entry criteria. You may be able to narrow down your search by eliminating those where you don’t meet these simple criteria.

The next step is to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI). This is also an important criterion that is easy to determine. We even provide a link in the description to determine your BMI.

After you have narrowed your search even further you may want to look at the time commitment. If you spend your winters in Florida, and there are 52 visits in a 52 week time frame, then this study may not be a good fit for you.

After reviewing the above criteria and deciding you would like to know more, read the description of the study carefully. We often place some criteria on the website that are easy to determine you meet.

If after reading all this information you determine that you are interested in the study, use the Apply for this Study Now button at the bottom of the page or the Contact Us button on the right side of the page to submit your information. A clinical research professional will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your potential to participate.

Does all this sound like a lot of work? That’s okay!  We are always here to help guide you through this process and possibly fit you into a study that could work for you. So, just take the first step and call us or use the Contact Us form on the website. We would love to hear from you.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Charleston City Paper features PMG of Charleston's Dr. Mills and the CDiffense Study

Did you know that C. diff, which typically affects patients who have received antibiotic treatment, causes 14,000 fatalities and $4.8 billion worth of acute healthcare costs in the U.S. alone every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? It can cause diarrhea and, in the worst cases, a life-threatening inflammation of the colon known as toxic megacolon.

We encourage you to read this great article featuring PMG of Charleston. If you are interested in learning more, we are currently enrolling this study at the following PMG locations:

  • Cary, NC            919.342.3447
  • Charleston, SC    843.849.1880
  • Charlotte, NC     704.527.6672
  • Hickory, NC       828.345.5060
  • Wilmington, NC  910.815.6108

Dr. Mills at PMG Research of Charleston

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Participant Resources

In our previous blog post, we talked about Making a Difference in March through clinical research participation. Because participation is a personal and important decision, PMG would like to share that there are great resources available to help you educate yourself and others about clinical research.

In addition to the valuable resources on the PMG Research website, you can find helpful resources at The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) including educational brochures, books and newsletters about research participation, study volunteer stories in print and video, free live educational events in your area and more. CISCRP is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media, and policy makers about clinical research participation and the role that each party plays as a participant in the process.

To learn more on the PMG Research website.

To learn more on CISCRP.

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