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Summit Medical Group provides state-of-the-art medical advances and technology by offering novel treatment options to patients through clinical research.

Our Research Review Committee is comprised of Summit Medical Group physicians and staff who manage all medical clinical trials, determine the scientific/ethical merits, and identify the potential impact of clinical research on patients.

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What is Clinical Research?

Also known as clinical trials, clinical research involves patients who might benefit from new treatments that are not yet available. Research physicians use clinical research to test a medication, device, treatment approach, or medication dose. All research includes a panel of experts, also known as physician investigators, who decide how best to use the new treatment. The investigators also identify the types of patients who are likely to benefit most from the treatment. To be eligible for a clinical trial, the patients must fit certain criteria.

During a clinical trial, the researchers track and make note of all the changes (data) subjects experience as a result of the treatment they are given. The data are then used to make decisions about whether to use the medication, device, or treatment for a wide range of patients.

People who participate in medical research and clinical trials are volunteers. 

In general, clinical research helps determine whether:

  • A new medication, device, treatment, or dose is safe and effective for a specific type of patient
  • An already marketed medication or device can be used for a different disease or condition than the one for which it was originally intended
  • A new medication, device, or treatment is more effective than previous treatments for a disease or condition

Medical clinical trials also sometimes compare more than one medication, device, or treatment to determine which is the most effective.

What to Expect

Better research helps researchers and practitioners understand a disease, condition, or disability as well as examine and develop ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and improve quality of life.

It is the foundation of advances in healthcare processes, treatments, and technologies.

Clinical research helps determine whether treatments are safe and effective. It is used to help improve quality of life for people who are experiencing temporary as well as ongoing (chronic) illness. Clinical research can give participants hope for overcoming a disease or condition.

Types of Clinical Research Include:

  • Natural history studies to gather information about health and disease
  • Screening trials to identify how to detect a disease or condition
  • Diagnostic trials to determine best tests or procedures for diagnoses
  • Treatment trials that include medication(s), surgery, procedures, and other therapies
  • Prevention trials, including medication, vaccines, and lifestyle changes to help prevent disease from occurring and recurring
  • Quality of life (or supportive care) trials to identify ways to improve quality of life for people with chronic illness

About Clinical Research

All clinical research in the United States is conducted with the review and approval of an accredited, independent review board (IRB) comprised of physicians, and statisticians. The IRB reviews each clinical trial before and during research to ensure the trial is ethical, participants’ rights are protected, and that risks are minimal.

Clinical research involves a plan known as a protocol that:

  • Identifies the purpose of the trial
  • Outlines who can participate (eligibility)
  • Defines how long the study will last (study duration) and its phases
  • Describes the treatments, including frequency and dosages of medication
  • Gives details about tests and procedures
  • Identifies the researchers, including a principal investigator and coinvestigator(s)
  • Specifies information the researchers will gather
  • Suggests whether the data will be published

Informed consent is an important part of the clinical research process. It helps people decide whether to participate in a clinical trial. During informed consent, researchers explain details of the study, including its purpose, length, treatments involved, required tests and procedures, and benefits and risks. Participants also are given contact information so that participants know whom to call to get answers to their questions. Once a trial is underway, participants continue receiving information about the trial as part of informed consent.

All participants must sign a document of informed consent to engage in clinical research.

Informed consent is not a contract. All participants for clinical research are considered volunteers who are free deny treatments, test, or procedures as well as withdraw from the study. In some cases, however, denying treatments, tests, or procedures can mean being unable to complete (or becoming ineligible for) the trial.

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Clinical researchers learn about disease processes when they compare healthy volunteers with patient groups in a clinical trial.

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Enrolling in Clinical Research

Before enrolling in clinical research, potential participants must qualify for it.

If you are considering enrolling in clinical research, you should consider:

  • Risks, including:
    • Unpleasant side effects it might cause
    • Potential complications that require additional medical attention
    • Visits to the study site and time it takes from your other activities
    • The need for additional treatments, test, and hospital stays
    • Possible costs to you for traveling to the study site
  • Benefits, including:
    • Having an active role in your health care
    • Access to new treatments before they are available to others
    • Receiving medical care and attention from doctors and other health care practitioners
    • Contributing to the health and well-being of others

Once a new treatment, device, or intervention is proven safe and effective in clinical research, it can become a standard of medical practice.

For All Oncology Trials

Contact Michelle Mackenzie, RN, OCN, CRC at 973-436-1755 or mmackenzie@smgnj.com.

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For All Other Studies

Contact Kelly Ritter, LPN, CCRC at 908-721-5673 or kritter@smgnj.com.

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Current Active Trials Are Listed Below

In addition to the below trials, Summit Medical Group has access to the Tempus TIME Trial™ Program which seeks to rapidly match patients to targeted clinical trials.

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Service Type Principal Investigator Title Description
Cancer Services Breast Dr. Steven Papish Neo-Adjuvant Breast NCT04109066 A Randomized, Multicenter, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Phase 3 Study of Nivolumab Versus Placebo in Combination With Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Patients With High-risk, ER+, HER2- Primary Breast Cancer
Cancer Services Breast Dr. Steven Papish Neo-Adjuvant Breast NCT04075604    Randomized, Non-comparative Neoadjuvant Phase II Study in Patients with ER+/HER2- Breast Cancer > 2 cm with Safety Run-in, Assessing Nivolumab + Abemaciclib or Palbociclib +Anastrozole
Cancer Services Breast Dr. Steven Papish Met. HER2+ Breast Cancer NCT03975647   Randomized, Double-blind, Phase 3 Study of Tucatinib or Placebo in Combination With Ado-trastuzumab Emtansine (T-DM1) for Subjects With Unresectable Locally-advanced or Metastatic HER2+ Breast Cancer
Cancer Services Breast Dr. Steven Papish RE-OPENED TO ENROLLMENT (20 slots available) 1st line Metastatic Triple Negative BC weekly SGN-LIV1A dosing schedule NCT03310957  Single Arm, Open Label Phase 1b/2 Study of SGN-LIV1A in Combination with Pembrolizumab for First-Line Treatment of Patients with Unresectable Locally-Advanced or Metastatic 
Triple Negative Breast Cancer       
Cancer Services Breast Dr. Steven Papish Wait list only HR+/HER2- MBC NCT04060862 A Phase 1B/III Study of Ipatasertib + Palbociclib and Fulvestrant vs. Placebo + Palbociclib and Fulvestrant in HR+/HER2- locally Advanced Unresectable or Metastatic Breast Cancer
Cancer Services Breast Dr. Priya Jadeja WISDOM Trial NCT02620852   Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (Wisdom Study) (WISDOM)
Cancer Services Gastrointestinal Dr. David Gallinson Metastatic Cholangiocarcinoma NCT03656536    A Phase 3, Open-Label, Randomized, Active-Controlled, Multicenter
Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Pemigatinib Versus
Gemcitabine Plus Cisplatin Chemotherapy in First-Line Treatment of Participants With Unresectable or Metastatic Cholangiocarcinoma With
FGFR2 Rearrangement (FIGHT-302)
Cancer Services Genitourinary Dr. Benjamin Freeman Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer NCT04100018  A Phase 3 Randomized, Double-Blind Study of Nivolumab or Placebo in Combination with Docetaxel, in Men with Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer (CheckMate 7DX: CHECKpoint pathway and nivoluMAB clinical Trial Evaluation 7DX)
Cancer Services Genitourinary Dr. Benjamin Freeman Registry - Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma NCT03788746  PREVAIL A Prospective, Non-Interventional Study to Assess the Prevalence of PD-L1 Expression in the First-Line Setting of Locally Advanced/Unresectable or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma
Cancer Services Gynecologic Dr. Darlene Gibbon Ovarian - Relasped NCT04239014 - DUETTE A Phase II Randomised, Multi-Centre Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Tolerability of a Second Maintenance Treatment in Patients with Platinum-Sensitive Relapsed Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, who have Previously Received PARP Inhibitor Maintenance Treatment
Cancer Services Gynecologic Dr. Darlene Gibbon Cervical - 2nd Line NCT03894215 A Two-arm, Randomized, Non-comparative, Phase 2 Trial of AGEN2034 (Anti-PD-1) as a Monotherapy or Combination Therapy With AGEN1884 (Anti-CTLA4) or With Placebo in Women With Recurrent Cervical Cancer (Second Line) – RaPiDs
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. David Gallinson Untreated CLL Without del(17p) or TP53 NCT03836261 A Randomized, Multicenter, Open-Label, Phase 3 Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Acalabrutinib (ACP-196) in Combination with Venetoclax with and without Obinutuzumab Compared to Investigator’s Choice of Chemoimmunotherapy in Subjects with Previously Untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Without del(17p) or TP53 Mutation
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman CLL-Previously treated NCT04116437  A Phase 2, Multicenter, Single-arm Study of Zanubrutinib (BGB-3111) in Patients with Previously Treated B-Cell Lymphoma Intolerant of Prior Treatment with Ibrutinib and/or Acalabrutinib
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman DLBCL  - R/R NCT02763319 A Phase II/III, Randomised, Multicentre Study of MOR00208 with Bendamustine versus Rituximab with Bendamustine in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (R-R DLBCL) Who Are Not Eligible for High-Dose Chemotherapy (HDC) and Autologous Stem-Cell Transplantation (ASCT) – B-MIND
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman DLBCL  - R/R  (2 or more prior lines) NCT04404283 A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled, Active-Comparator, Multicenter, Phase 3 Study of Brentuximab Vedotin or Placebo in Combination With Lenalidomide and Rituximab in Subjects With Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Sarada Gurubhagavatula AML NCT02752035   A Phase 3 Multicenter, Open-label, Randomized Study of ASP2215 (Gilteritinib), Combination of ASP2215 Plus Azacitidine and Azacitidine Alone in the Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia with FLT3 Mutation in Patients Not Eligible for Intensive Induction Chemotherapy
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman Follicular Lymphoma TN NCT02947347 A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Phase 3 Study of the Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) Inhibitor, Ibrutinib, in Combination with Rituximab versus Placebo in Combination with Rituximab in Treatment Naïve Subjects with Follicular Lymphoma
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman FL R/R 2+ prior lines NCT02793583 A Phase 2b Randomized Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of the Combination of Ublituximab + TGR-1202 with or without Bendamustine and TGR-1202 alone in Patients with Previously Treated Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman Follicular Lymphoma >2 prior systemic therapies NCT03332017  An International, Phase 2, Open-Label, Randomized Study of BGB-3111 Combined with Obinutuzumab Compared With Obinutuzumab Monotherapy in Relapsed/Refractory Follicular Lymphoma
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. David Gallinson Mantel Cell (Registry) NCT03816683 Treatment Patterns, Outcomes, and Patient-Reported Health-Related Quality of Life: A Prospective Disease Registry of Patients with Mantle Cell Lymphoma Treated with Novel Agents
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. David Gallinson Part 2 MZL >1 prior therapy Part 3 FL CLOSED Part 4 DLBCL >1 prior therapy NCT02180711    An Open-label, Phase 1b/2 Study of Acalabrutinib Alone or in Combination Therapy in Subjects with B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. Benjamin Freeman BTK Refractory MCL 2+ prior lines NCT02793583 A Phase 2b Randomized Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of the Combination of Ublituximab + TGR-1202 with or without Bendamustine and TGR-1202 alone in Patients with Previously Treated Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. David Gallinson Enrollment on Hold R/R Grades 1-3a FL, MZL, MCL, CLL/SLL NCT04014205 Cohort 1 enrollment closed    A Phase I,Multicenter, Open-Label, Dose Escalation Study of a Novel Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, ICP-022, in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory B-Cell Malignancies
Cancer Services Hematology Dr. William DeRosa Multiple Myeloma NCT03901963 A Randomized Study of Daratumumab Plus Lenalidomide Versus Lenalidomide Alone as Maintenance Treatment in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Who Are Minimal Residual Disease Positive After Frontline Autologous Stem Cell Transplant
Cancer Services Thoracic/Head & Neck Dr. Sarada Gurubhagavatula Oral mucositis H/N cancer NCT03689712    A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multi-Center Study of the Superoxide Dismutase Mimetic GC4419 to Reduce Severe Oral Mucositis (SOM) Associated With Chemoradiotherapy for Locally Advanced, Non-Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer
Cancer Services Thoracic/Head & Neck Dr. Sarada Gurubhagavatula Previously Treated Advanced NSCLC NCT03906071     A Randomized Phase 3 Study of Sitravatinib in Combination with Nivolumab Versus Docetaxel in Patients with Advanced Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with Disease Progression On or After Platinum-Based Chemotherapy in Combination with Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy 
Cancer Services Thoracic/Head & Neck Dr. Steven Papish NSCLC - Biomarker Study A Non-interventional Biomarker Study on the Molecular Evaluation of Archival Tumor Tissue in Subjects with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
Cancer Services Thoracic/Head & Neck Dr. Steven Papish NSCLC - Previously Treated NCT04303780 A Phase 3 Multicenter, Randomized, Open Label, Active-controlled, Study of AMG 510 Versus Docetaxel for the Treatment of Previously Treated Locally Advanced and Unresectable or Metastatic NSCLC Subjects With Mutated KRAS p.G12C
Cancer Services Basket Trials Dr. David Gallinson Solid Tumors w/FGFR mutation NCT03822117   A Phase 2, Open-Label, Single-Arm, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Pemigatinib in Participants With Previously Treated Locally Advanced/Metastatic or Surgically Unresectable Solid Tumor Malignancies Harboring Activating FGFR Mutations or Translocations (FIGHT-207)