Potomac Grove Psychiatry

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Potomac Grove
Clinical Research Center

Potomac Grove Clinical Research Center (PGCRC) conducts pharmaceutical studies in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. The mission of PGCR is to contribute to the improvement of treatments for emotional and behavioral problems through innovative medication strategies.

The safety, health, and well being, and ethical treatment of our patients is always our primary concern. By choosing research projects wisely, we are able to offer our patients more options for care than they would ordinarily have.

Our studies have investigated treatment for a wide range of conditions including depression, pain, cognitive impairment, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The research team is headed by Louis Ari Kopolow, board certified, distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Kopolow has been principal investigator in national and international research studies for nearly 15 years. Karen Phinney, APRNC, is the Research Coordinator. She has worked with Dr. Kopolow in research for more than a decade and also practices as a nurse therapist. The PGCRC team has worked with pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations in conducting these studies.

There are many reasons to volunteer to participate in a research study. It can be an opportunity to receive a new treatment that is not currently available. It is an opportunity to have, free of charge: closely monitored care, laboratory assessments, and study medication.


Recurring Depression
Even after you have recovered from a depression, it is very common to have two or more further episodes during your life. These episodes may not respond as completely to the treatments that previously got you well.
If this describes your situation, you may qualify to participate in new study aimed at finding the most effective dosage of a medication that not only gets you well but keeps you well.
We are conducting a clinical research study to better understand the effects of an investigational medication which has the potential to relieve this problem when compared to an approved medication.