Need and Benefits

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The Need for Clinical Research

Innovations in medical technology, surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals are driving forces in advancing the medical industry. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies have traditionally sponsored prospective clinical trials that led to the approval of new products. Unfortunately, there is now a lack of independent research organizations and clinical studies to evaluate emerging technologies and clinical outcomes in many brain and spinal disorders. Maintaining the highest standards of integrity and ethics, JPNI was in part created to conduct clinical trials and objectively assess the safety and efficacy of novel therapies for those impacted by neurological conditions.

The Benefits of JPNI Research

JPNI has initiated and conducted numerous prospective clinical trials that have been extensively published, presented and recognized at national and international meetings. The physicians of JPNI were granted the BrainLAB Community Neurosurgery Award by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) for work that studied survival of malignant brain tumor patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery. JPNI also received the Best Paper Award from the North American Spine Society (NASS) for a study that analyzed how sagittal alignment can improve clinical outcomes in patients undergoing cervical spine surgery. These are just a couple examples how clinical research enables us to provide the best possible clinical outcomes to patients and promote evidence-based medicine that reaches far beyond our community.

JPNI’s involvement in FDA-controlled and industry-sponsored clinical trials has allowed us to treat patients with the most technically advanced and novel technologies, which would not otherwise have been available. This experience has enabled us to drive forward technological innovations and new treatments such as targeted neuroprotective pharmacological therapies in traumatic brain injury patients, utilization of amniotic membrane for scarring prevention in spine surgeries, CO2 laser-assisted and minimally invasive spine surgeries, stem cell therapy, and dynamic stabilization and motion preservation devices as alternatives to fusion surgeries.