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Experience: The URI research team has over 50 years of combined experience in neuroscience clinical trials. URI’s passion and talent in psychiatric research were recognized at the 2017 Association of Clinical Research Professionals Exposition. Our research professionals rated as finalists for “Clinical Researcher of the Year -The Americas.” Current URI research focuses on Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Cognition, Bioequivalency, and Pharmacokinetics. URI is experienced in Phase I-IV, outpatient and inpatient research.

What Is A Clinical Trial? A clinical trial is a research study designed to test the efficacy and safety of new investigational drugs, devices and medical procedures. To determine if a new drug is safe and effective, some study participants may take medication; others may take a “placebo,” or inactive treatment. Please check our Studies page for actively enrolling studies. All prescription medicines are approved through clinical trials. At URI, clinical trials are completed under the authority of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and in compliance with Good Clinical Practices and The Helsinki Declaration. For a list of our actively enrolling studies, please check our Studies page.

Assess and Treat: An evaluation and recommendation for treatment are generated for every new client. The initial evaluation process starts with a one-hour, face-to-face appointment with a mental health professional. Evaluations incorporate biological, psychological and social factors, with the goal of providing meaningful and comprehensive assessments for each new client. If participation in a clinical trial is recommended, a client is offered a first study visit. Initial evaluations are provided at no cost. Active research clients receive financial compensation for time and travel.

Participation: Potential research participants will answer questions over the phone. Those meeting initial criteria will be scheduled for an in-person assessment. Study personnel will explain potential benefits and risks of study participation, and provide necessary information for a potential client to make an informed consent. Meeting with URI staff does not obligate a client to participate in research. Study participants are asked to: 1) arrive on time for all scheduled appointments; 2) take medication as prescribed; and, 3) receive study-related laboratory and diagnostic tests. All approved participants will receive study-related care and medication at no cost. Clients work with a team of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals whose main priority is their health and safety. Enrolled participants receive financial compensation for their time and travel.

Confidentiality: URI recognizes that psychiatric assessments and treatment are highly personal and private. Ethically and legally bound, Uptown Research staff protects the confidentiality of our clients. All research data is anonymized to protect the confidentiality of all participants. Our records may be reviewed by pharmaceutical sponsors and the F.D.A.

Accessibility: URI staff is always accessible to clients. A staff member will return calls or emails within one business day. Established clients have access to 24-hour outreach.

Affiliates: Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is a free-standing, fully accredited psychiatric hospital located on the north side of Chicago by Lake Michigan. URI uses Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (CLH) for inpatient studies. Mark Lerman, M.D., the Associate Chief of Psychiatry at CLH, also serves as the Medical Director for URI. Research subjects receive specialized programming at CLH.

Uptown Mental Health is the treatment clinic housed within URI. Consisting of board certified psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and doctors of nursing practice, Uptown Mental Health provides counseling and medication services to individuals diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and to individuals seeking supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy.