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Volunteers sought for contraception study

Oct 02, 01:13 PM

Clinical Research Center

The Clinical Research Center is currently participating in a contraception study of a vaginal ring, and we are looking for volunteers age 18 or older, who are heterosexually active and able to get pregnant if not using contraception.

Some women might ask, “Why would I want to try the vaginal ring?” Dr. Amey Lee, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Corvallis Clinic and the study’s principal investigator, said there are many advantages to the vaginal ring. She said the vaginal ring is a convenient and reliable method of contraception and that it gives women control over their periods and fertility.

With vaginal ring birth control, you don’t have to think about whether or not you remembered your pill that day. It is simply inserted and removed several weeks later.

Also, birth control isn’t just for family planning. A recent article in Women’s Health details how birth control can help with acne and anemia, protects against Pelvic Inflammatory disease, and even decreases the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers.

So what does it mean if you decide to participate in our vaginal ring trial? By participating, it gives you the opportunity to gain access to a simple and convenient family planning tool. You also don’t have to worry about insurance co-pays because all study expenses are covered. Dr. Lee stated that the advantage of participating in this trial is that it will give patients the opportunity to explore a different type of birth control that is normally very costly. You also get one-on-one time with nurses and doctors who will walk you through the entire process, and you will always have any questions and concerns answered quickly and with compassion.

If you are interested in learning more about our studies, contact the Clinical Research Center at 541-766-2163 or send an email to Or, follow us on Facebook at

Rita Torres, BA, is the Clinical Research Coordinator with the Clinical Research Center.

Love in The Age of Facebook: Tips on traversing the sometimes tough terrain of status updates

Sep 29, 04:10 PM

Marcie Courter, Psy.D

By Dr. Marcie Courter
Clinical Psychologist, The Corvallis Clinic

Relationships can be tricky to navigate, even more so when 185 of your closest Facebook friends are monitoring its status. So, first off, when do you change your Facebook status to “in a relationship”? After the first date, second date, third?

That first date can be exciting, but changing your status probably requires a few more dates and discussion with your partner. Your best bet is to wait until you have had a consistent pattern of positive dating interactions. It is also important to discuss the status of your relationship with your partner. Take your partner’s feelings into account when making this decision. If your partner does not feel ready to broadcast to all of your friends that you are dating, then respect the person’s wishes.

However, if you are feeling disrespected by your partner’s desires to post or not post your relationship status, then a discussion is in order, as well as some thought about whether you are getting your needs met from the relationship. It is also a good idea to examine the reasons why you feel the need to post on Facebook. Is it to finally prove to the world that you are worth dating? To receive support and assurance?  To make an ex-partner jealous?  Or is it the need to feel liked by others?

Once you decide to post your relationship, is it appropriate to post status updates and pictures of your relationship? Everyone likes to see pictures of friends; however, some people may think the continuous link into your relationship gives them the right to give you relationship advice – even when unsolicited. 

Remember, a relationship is a special bond between just the two of you. Deciding whether or not to go viral with that bond and share it with others should be a decision both parties make carefully.

Lastly we come to the difficult and dreaded time in a relationship - the break up. Now we all know this will never happen to your relationship, right? So, let’s just say a friend recently broke up with a partner. Does that friend change their Facebook status to “single” right away? Does your friend start obsessively checking on their ex-partner’s status to see what is being said?

Here is what you might say to your “friend”: “Deciding to break up is a painful process, and it is best to give yourself some time to process your feelings before changing your Facebook status.  If your ex-partner has already changed their status - and you feel angry - know that this is part of your ex’s healing process. If you do decide to change your status to “single,” be prepared for people to have an opinion.”

Most of your Facebook friends will want to give advice or comment; you made your relationship viral so now they have a stake in it. If you find yourself checking your ex-partner’s status and page more than once a day, then chances are you might need to unfriend your ex-partner for a while. If you are checking the pages of your ex’s friends, then maybe a break from Facebook would be appropriate.

Remember, social networking sites such as Facebook are a tool for keeping in touch with others. You and your partner are already in close contact. Understanding the reasons why you want to post information about your relationship will help you know if it is the right thing to do.

The bottom line is that you need to respect both your partner and yourself. If you can do that while informing others through Facebook about your relationship, great. If you and your partner cannot find a way to agree on whether or not Facebook is a good idea for your relationship, or you are hanging on to a relationship after it is over by checking your ex’s status, then it is probably best to break up with Facebook as the third wheel … just for a while.

Marcie Courter, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist at The Corvallis Clinic at Waverly Drive in Albany. Dr. Courter is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. She can be reached at 541-754-1288. 


Meet Josh - Operations Coordinator

Sep 14, 02:07 PM

Josh Borunda

If you had blood drawn at The Corvallis Clinic between 2009 and 2013, you might already know Josh Borunda.  You might not know his name but what you will remember is that you didn’t feel a thing when he poked you to draw blood.  Josh’s reputation as a “stealth” phlebotomist was one reason why the Clinical Research Center was thrilled to have Josh join our team in 2013.

Clinical Research CenterInitially, Josh was in charge of Research patient blood draws, supply ordering, data entry, and answering patient calls (of which there were many as we had just begun an important Alzheimer’s disease study).  Josh’s responsibilities at the Clinical Research Center have grown exponentially.  He was promoted this year to Clinical Research Operations Coordinator, which means that in addition to helping out his replacement with his old job, he keeps all of our regulatory paperwork up to date so we can continue to run clinical trials.

Our site was recently approached about participating in a clinical study evaluating a new home-use device to measure anticoagulation.  Our staff was so busy that it looked like we weren’t going to be able to do the study.  But Josh stepped up to the plate again and made it happen.  And it turned out to be a great study too!

Josh and his wife are the doting parents of a daughter and, speaking of increased responsibilities, they recently took the big leap into home ownership.  In his free time, it’s safe to say Josh is addicted to disc Golf; that is, when he’s not playing soccer!

We're enrolling patients in clinical studies for Type 2 diabetes, COPD, asthma, walking difficulties after a stroke, and those with very high triglyceride levels.  NEW this week: women’s contraception study.

If you are interested in learning more about our studies contact the Clinical Research Center at 541-766-2163 or send an email to  Or, follow us on Facebook at


- Julie Carrico is Associate Coordinator of The Corvallis Clinical Research Center 

New video highlights volunteers who wanted to give back

Aug 24, 11:21 AM

Clinical Research Center

The Clinical Research Center is happy to announce that a new video has been posted to the Clinical Research web page. This is a companion video to the one posted last March. 

The Clinical Research Center was thrilled with the March video.  It featured two patients who personally experienced improved health as a result of participation in a clinical study.  We enjoyed sharing the patient experiences as study volunteers because both responded well to the study treatments and were able to get back to doing activities they had been forced to curtail.  We love a happy ending!

The new video features research patients who were motivated as volunteers, not to improve their own health, but to improve the health of others – true Medical Heroes!  One patient participated in our research vaccine clinical trial to prevent C. diff, which took the life of a friend. So, the opportunity to participate in a study that might lead to prevention of C. diff was an easy decision for this research volunteer.  The second patient featured in the new video had personally experienced a severe health crisis - and had achieved a stunning recovery.  This volunteer was grateful for the medical science that literally saved her life and welcomed the chance to give back to the medical community.

We are currently looking for study volunteers who have Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Moderate/Severe Asthma, very high serum triglyceride levels, and difficulty walking after experiencing a stroke.  Our slate of clinical trials changes often but is always up to date on the Clinical Research web page.  Or, follow us on Facebook at

People are motivated to participate in clinical trials for lots of good reasons.  What’s yours? Contact the Clinical Research Center at 541-766-2163 or send an email to

- Julie Carrico is Associate Coordinator of The Corvallis Clinic Clinical Research Center


Volunteers needed for post-stroke walking-deficit study

Jul 01, 12:51 PM

Clinical Research Center

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  There are three types of strokes: ischemic (occurs as a result of an obstruction in a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain), hemorrhagic and transient ischemic attack (TIA). The one thing they all have in common is they prevent blood flow to the brain.  When this occurs, it is common for patients to be left with communication or behavioral challenges or physical limitations, such as difficulty walking. 

The Clinical Research Center is currently seeking patients who have experienced an ischemic stroke at least six months ago who continue to have walking problems.  The investigational medication has been approved as a treatment to improve the walking skills in patients with multiple sclerosis and it is now being evaluated for stroke.

Neurologist Dr. Richard Lafrance is excited about this clinical research opportunity for stroke patients.  He states that although most medical treatments for stroke are appropriately focused on preventing additional strokes, it’s also important to support recovery from past stroke events. Patients who recover as much independence and mobility as possible will have fewer falls and less restrictions on activities, allowing stroke patients to live life as fully and comfortably as possible.

If you are interested in learning more about our studies contact the Clinical Research Center at 541-766-2163 or send an email to  Or, follow us on Facebook at

- Julie Carrico is Associate Coordinator of The Corvallis Clinical Research Center