Q: Are all studies done at the Texas Diabetes Institute only for local (San Antonio, Bexar County and surrounding areas) residents?

A: Yes. However, if you can make temporary arrangements to live in Bexar County (on your own) for the study period (usually 3-6 months) then special accommodations can be made.

Q: Can the Texas Diabetes Institute recommend other diabetes centers in the United States who perform the same studies?

A: Yes. Just send an e-mail to Priscilla Garcia and we can inform you of other centers doing the same studies.

Q: If I chose to participate in a study, what benefits do I receive?

Ralph A. De Fronzo, MD provider at Texas Diabetes InstituteA: Most of the Texas Diabetes Institute studies cover study related medications, visits, laboratory tests, and supplies while you are enrolled in a study. Most of these benefits are provided to you at the Texas Diabetes Institute so you do not waste time traveling from one place to another! A few studies require travel to another clinic or the hospital for very specialized tests.

Q: Do I get compensated (paid) to be in a study?

A: Qualified participants may receive at no cost: study medications, laboratory testing, EKG, physical exams, and dietary counseling.

Q: How do I keep my primary care physician updated on the status of study?

A: The Texas Diabetes Institute researchers strongly believe in the communication line between research, patient and primary doctor. However, research study findings are kept confidential. Before you enroll in a study, we suggest that you provide us with the name and phone number of your primary care physician. We will contact your physician and explain the study to them. We do recommend that you talk with your doctor about your intentions to participate in the study before your enrollment.

Q: What is the average length of time that a study requires?

Curtis, provider at Texas Diabetes InstituteA: On the average, our studies require 1-2 full days for initial and final visits, and 1 to 1½ hours every 2-8 weeks for follow-up visits. Most of our studies last from 3 months to 2 years.

Q: I don’t have time during the week to take off from my job to come in for weekly study visits; can I come in on Saturday and Sundays?

A: Most study visits are done Monday through Friday but a few tests can be made on weekends. If you decide to enroll in a study and meet the criteria, make sure you inform your research doctor.

Q: Do I have to have diabetes to participate in a study?

A: No. Some studies are for people who are “at-risk” for diabetes. Other studies we conduct are for exercise and weight loss. We also need healthy volunteers for some studies.

Q: How do I qualify for a study?

A: There are necessary steps you must take to become a part of the study teams:

Step 1 – You need to call us (210-358-7200) or contact us by email and a researcher will determine if you qualify for the study.

Step 2 – You need to come to the research center to discuss the study and sign an informed consent form.

Step 3 – You need to come for a physical exam and medical history visit.

Q: Will travel expenses be paid?

A: Please call Yolanda Flores at 210-358-7200 to find out what arrangements can be made for your travel. Remember, you always have the choice to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.