About Clinical Research


Every medication currently prescribed had to go through multiple clinical trials to be proven safe and effective before the FDA would approve it. We are always looking for new medications to improve our patients’ healthcare. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Lucas is specifically looking for new medications to help patients’ diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, osteoporosis, fatty liver disease, weight loss (including adolescent weight loss), low testosterone, and to prevent heart disease. We do clinical studies to provide our patients with the opportunity to try out a new medication.

We have study coordinators in our office to assist as your personal contact. They will take care of the needs of the study patients and answer any questions you may might have.

Patient Testimonial

Who better to talk to than one of our patients!  Meet Dave and learn more about how research helped him feel better!  He believes you shouldn’t just survive with your diabetes but really live!!

Click on the photo below to watch Dave’s explanation.

Available Clinical Research Studies

We are currently conducting studies for:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Adolescent Weight Loss
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Fatty Liver
  • Insulin Pumps
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Hemochromatosis
  • High Cholesterol
  • Gastroparesis
  • Cirrhosis
  • and more!


If you are ready to take the next steps to see if you qualify, please fill out our questionnaire below:

Lucas Research Study Questionnaire

Phases of Clinical Research

Phase 1

Phase 1 studies involve testing normal patients with the new medication to show safety of the medication at various doses.

Phase 2

Phase 2 studies involve using the medication in patients with a specific disease to determine side-effects and doses needed.

Phase 3

Phase 3 studies are larger clinical trials involving hundreds to thousands of patients to further show the effectiveness and safety of the medication.

Note: Most of the studies we are doing are Phase 3. We occasionally do Phase 2 studies.