Seminars, Research & Support Groups

Seminars, Research & Support Groups

Here you will find information about classes, research opportunities and support groups available at UCF Health. Some opportunities require you to be an established patient, while others are open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact us at 407-266-3627. Check back often as this list is updated frequently.


Research Studies

Disease: Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Study Title: The Effect of Abobotulinum Toxin A on the Symptoms of Raynaud’s Phenomenon, a Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

UCF Health is conducting a study to examine the effectiveness of abobotulinum toxin A as a treatment for Raynaud’s phenomenon. Participants must have Raynaud’s phenomenon in both hands, be at least 18 years of age, and must have health insurance. You cannot be in this study if: (1) you are allergic to abobotulinum toxin A or its components, (2) you have a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis; (3) you are unable to read and speak English, (4) you are pregnant or breastfeeding, (5) you have previously received botulinum toxin vaccine, (6) you have previously undergone upper extremity vascular surgery, (7) you have previously received abobotulinum toxin A treatment in either hand in the past 6 months, (8) you are a current smoker or quit in the past 12 months, or (9) you are a prisoner. If you are female, you may need to provide a urine sample for a pregnancy test to determine if you are eligible to participate in this research study. If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will receive injections of abobotulinum toxin A into one hand and a normal saline solution into the other. The study will take place at the UCF Health clinic on Tavistock Lakes Blvd. and will require five total visits to the clinic in addition to filling out a paper or online surveys. A date and time will be arranged with you. You will receive the study treatment for your Raynaud’s phenomenon at no cost. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more information, please contact Dr. David Weinstein (david.weinstein@ucf.edu) or Amelia Winter (arwinter@knights.ucf.edu).


Disease: Calcinosis Cutis

Study Title: A Comparative Study of the Efficacy of Intralesional Sodium Thiosulfate Versus Intralesional Normal Saline for the Treatment of Dystrophic and Idiopathic Calcinosis Cutis, A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

UCF Health is conducting a study to assess the efficacy of sodium thiosulfate for the treatment of calcinosis cutis. Participants must have calcinosis cutis, be least 18 years of age, and must have health insurance. You cannot be in this study if: (1) you are allergic to sodium thiosulfate or its components, (2) you are unable to read and speak English, (4) you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or (5) you are a prisoner. If you are female, you may need to provide a urine sample for a pregnancy test to determine if you are eligible to participate in this research study. If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will receive an injection of sodium thiosulfate and an injection of normal saline once a month for three months with a fourth follow-up appointment. The study will take place at the UCF Health clinic on Tavistock Lakes Blvd. and will require four total visits to the clinic. A date and time will be arranged with you. You will receive the treatment for your calcinosis cutis free of charge. If you are interested in participating in this study or want more information, please contact Dr. David Weinstein (david.weinstein@ucf.edu) or Adam Foley (adamfoley7@knights.ucf.edu).


Disease: Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

Study Title: A Comparative Study of the Efficacy of 532nm Laser and 1064 nm laser as Adjuncts to Topical Corticosteroids in the Treatment of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus Versus Topical Corticosteroids Alone

UCF Health is conducting a study to examine the effectiveness of a laser as treatment for cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Participants must have cutaneous lupus lesions, be at least 18 years of age, and cannot be pregnant. If you are female, you may need to provide a urine sample for a pregnancy test to determine if you are eligible to participate in this research study. If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will receive a cream to apply to your cutaneous lupus lesions followed by two separate rounds of laser treatment on the lesions. The study will take place at the UCF Health clinic on Tavistock Lakes Blvd. and will require three total visits to the clinic. A date and time will be arranged with you. You will receive the treatment for your cutaneous lupus at no cost. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more information, please contact Dr. David Weinstein (david.weinstein@ucf.edu) or Samantha Prabakaran (sprabakaran@knights.ucf.edu).


Support Groups

Caregivers Support Group

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one can be a rewarding experience. It also can be one of life’s most challenging experiences. We help support those who are caring for a loved one with illness or memory loss.

Research shows that when caregivers attend organized support groups run by trained professionals, they can double the amount of time a senior with dementia can stay at home, rather than be cared for through an outside and often more costly program. Support groups also provide increased peace-of-mind to families trying to accommodate their loved one’s wishes.

Caring for the Caregiver sessions will address valuable coping skills needed to deal with conflicting demands, ways to understand and manage challenging behaviors, the importance of self-care and time away, future care considerations, and more. And because caregiving can be isolating, support group members often find great comfort by sharing their experiences with others in similar situations.

Learn more! View the Caregiver Support Group Brochure.

Upcoming dates TBD. Please inquire with the contact listed below.

Location: UCF Health, East Orlando office. 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando, FL 32817

Contact Daniel Paulson at Daniel.Paulson2@ucf.edu or 407-823-4135. See the Dept. of Psychology OLDeR Lab for more details.


 

 

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