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Clinical Trials (Accellacare)

Clinical Trials Enrolling

See the full list of clinical trials currently enrolling at Accellacare.

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Deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial is an important and very personal decision.

That is why the providers at McFarland Clinic take many factors into consideration before recommending to our patients participation in cutting-edge medical research. Our goal is to ensure the best medical care is provided to our patients while maintaining an active role in the development of new treatments and medications.

McFarland Clinic has partnered with Accellacare to offer our patients and communities the opportunity to participate in clinical research. Within this partnership, we have committed to...

  • Ensuring that our patients have access to cutting-edge medical research and that they receive the very best care.
  • Contributing to the development of new medicines, medical devices, and vaccines that one day may positively impact the health of millions.
  • Educating people about clinical research, connecting them with clinical research study opportunities, and monitoring the health and safety of each patient.

Learn more about Accellacare

Accellacare conducts research studies with a safe and patient-focused approach. When you participate in a clinical trial at Accellacare, you will be welcomed by professional, caring staff who will guide you through the process and help you feel comfortable and appreciated as a research trial volunteer. You will visit with the investigator (physician) or other members of the study team for health assessments, physical exams, laboratory tests, or other procedures required by the study protocol. It is important to us that you feel confident about being a clinical trial participant.

Please contact Accellacare Research to speak with a member of their team about clinical trial participation. You can also visit the Accellacare website to learn more or email

Locations & Hours

Medical Arts Building Office

1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010


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Current Trials

Clinical trials are research studies designed to answer specific questions about investigational medications that may benefit future patients and current research participants. The trials are designed to assess both the safety and effectiveness of a product and are carefully conducted under rigorous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

If you have ever taken prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, your life has been touched by clinical research and its amazing clinic trial participants. Through the important clinical research process, medicines, medical devices, and vaccines are developed for those who need the most.

Are you interested in learning more about participating in a clinical trial? Click the following link to see studies currently taking enrollments:

Currently Enrolling Trials at Accellacare

Bellus Chronic Cough Study

Have an unexplained cough that won’t stop? Accellacare is enrolling volunteers who are experiencing chronic cough for at least 1 year to participate in a paid research study. Other criteria apply. This study will assess the effectiveness of a study medication aimed at reducing the frequency of your cough. Eligible volunteers will receive study-related care at no cost and compensation of up to $1,250 for time and travel. Sign up for more information.

Cancer Blood Screening Research Study

We are enrolling healthy volunteers for a research study aimed to see if it is possible to develop a cancer screening test based on blood samples. People aged 50-80 years who are at high risk of developing lung cancer and are booked for a Low-dose CT scan (LDCT) for lung cancer screening may be eligible, other criteria apply. Financial compensation will also be provided for time and travel expenses. Sign up for more details.

COVID-19 Vaccine Research Study

Consider taking part in our upcoming COVID-19 vaccine research study for healthy adults. These studies are assessing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational vaccine for the potential prevention of COVID-19 infection. People 18 years or older may be eligible, other criteria apply. Financial compensation may also be provided for time and travel expenses. Sign up for more information.

Migraine Research Trial

We are currently enrolling adult volunteers for a Migraine Research Trial. People who have a history of episodic or chronic migraine and have tried at least 2 - 4 migraine prevention medications which have not been effective or tolerated may be eligible, other criteria apply. You may be compensated for your time and travel. Sign up for more details.

Pediatric Migraine Research Study

This research study is evaluating the safety and efficacy of an investigational drug for the acute treatment of migraine in children and teens aged 6 to 17 years old. Children and adolescents diagnosed with migraines for at least 6 months and who experience 1 to 14 migraine attacks (moderate to severe headaches) per month may be eligible. Other criteria apply. Financial compensation will also be provided for time and travel expenses.  Sign up for more information.

Weight Management & Obesity Research Study

We are enrolling volunteers for a research study assessing the safety of an investigational medication for people who are overweight. People aged 18 years or over with a BMI of at least 27 who have a history of cardiovascular disease or chronic kidney disease may be eligible, other criteria apply. Compensation may be provided for time and travel expenses. Sign up for more information.

Cancer Clinical Trials

Additional clinical trials are available through the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, a service of Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic. 

Cancer Clinical Trials

Team Members

Accellacare at McFarland Clinic has a bachelor's trained nurse serving as manager of clinical operations. A variety of physicians from a range of specialties at McFarland Clinic serve as primary investigators. Our goal is to be able to offer new and promising treatment options to our patients who may not fully benefit from standard treatments or who want to try to continue improving their health status.

Erin Hackett, RN, BSN, CCAC

Erin Hackett, RN, BSN, CCRC

Manager of Clinical Operations

Patient Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I have to pay for study medications and procedures?

Nothing. All procedures and medications related to the study will be provided at no charge to the patient.

Will my insurance be charged for these procedures?

No. All study related procedures and medications are provided by the sponsor of the study so neither the patient nor their insurance are charged.

What benefits are there for participating in a study?

As a participant in a study, you will be given the opportunity to be one of the first to receive the benefits of a new medicine before it is even on the market for use. Additionally the study medication may provide improved results over what is already available on the market or what you may have been prescribed.

How do I get involved with a clinical trial?

If you think you would be a good candidate for a study, simply contact Accellacare at 515-956-4159, or you can talk to your health care provider while at an appointment.

If I don't live in Ames, can I be in a study and be seen at my local McFarland Clinic?

You can be in a study, but we are unable to travel away from our office in Ames due to government regulations on the storage of medications and other guidelines set for the studies. Some studies, however, will offer a stipend which can be used toward travel expenses for the patient.

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