Russell Rosenburg

Sandy Springs-based NeuroTrials Research wants to help you sleep better.

“If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for three nights in a week, there is an issue,” said Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Rosenberg is a sleep medicine specialist, cofounder and CEO of NeuroTrials, a nationally recognized clinical research site within a 12,000-square-foot facility that includes a 15-bed, state-of-the-art sleep lab and inpatient clinical research unit.

There are patients with real sleeping disorders, but there is a common denominator: improving their sleeping habits could improve their resting time. Avoid electronics in bed, lights, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, watching the clock to see how much time has passed, he said.

“Establishing an unwind routine and keep the same wakeup time even on weekends” will help residents have a better night of sleep, Rosenberg said.

The NeuroTrials’ lab is working with volunteers who are willing to spend from one night to a few weeks at the facility for sleep analysis. The lab is always welcoming volunteers. Residents can earn $200 if they sign up, said Rosenberg, allowing them to develop medicines to help people have better sleep quality.

“I did the study initially just looking for a good night sleep. Doing the studies at NeuroTrials is totally for research. Once the drug (used during the study) is totally approved, it is feasible that you could ask a doctor to prescribe it,” said Debi Kimsey, a retired Atlanta resident who suffers from insomnia and found the research studies online and applied.

Three medications are showing great promise for treating Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the clinical trials midway through November, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

After NeuroTrials is able to develop the medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to approve them, a process that can take up to five years, said Rosenberg.

“The reality is that the compensation for being a participant is good, and there is some satisfaction in knowing that you are working to help others find rest. The facility is top notch and the staff is awesome,” said Kimsey.

Founded in 1997, NeuroTrials is an early to late-phase inpatient and outpatient clinical research site that focused on neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s and various sleep-related conditions.

For Rosenberg, giving great care and respect to his patients is imperative.


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