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How to Get Involved in Clinical Research

February 18, 2021 (PST) @ 5:30 pm 6:00 pm PST


Clinicians, especially those in private practice, regularly ask how to break into clinical research.
Join two mentor researchers, Drs. Eric J. Grigsby and Leonardo “Leo” Kapural for an overview of the clinical trial process.

– Why get involved in research?
– Office infrastructure and personnel needs?
– Sponsors: Who pays you to do research?
– Is clinical research profitable?
– Why would a company, government, or Institution choose your site?

CEO and Founder, Neurovations: A Patient Care and Innovation Company

Dr. Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Neurovations.  For over three decades, Dr. Grigsby has focused his clinical career on academia and private practice. Today, in addition to busy practices, surgery centers, education divisions and labs, Dr. Grigsby guides research and innovation at Neurovations.

Dr Grigsby has been seminally involved in the majority of the interventional devices and therapies used in the field of pain management. He guides start-ups and industry-leading companies through the innovation, discovery and clinical research process which includes access to sites for clinical investigation in pain and neurologic disease.

The Neurovations Education division holds world-class programs and ACCME accredited conferences in Pain and Neuroscience.  Additionally, Neurovations Education helps companies and clinicians develop and learn surgical therapies.  Dr. Grigsby’s non-profit foundation, HealthRoots, is committed to community health and innovation for underserved patients and communities.

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Dr. Grigsby is a graduate of Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics. He completed medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in Health Sector Management from Duke University.

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Dr. Leonardo Kapural is a pain physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and The Center for Clinical Research. He is also a clinical adjunct faculty of anesthesiology at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr. Kapural’s interests include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain, and visceral abdominal pain. Following his fellowship in pain management at the Cleveland Clinic, he stayed in the Cleveland Clinic’s pain management department for 10 years, serving also as director of clinical research and professor of anesthesiology at the CCLMC of Case Western University. Dr. Kapural is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation societies, and World Institute of Pain.

In addition, he is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as director-at-large of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and is currently director-at-large of both the North American and International Neuromodulation societies. Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education and extensive research. His innovation in the area of pain treatments brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 130 journal articles, more than 200 abstracts, two books, and 30 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America” list.