Pain Management Research & Clinical Trials

Pain Control Associates, PC is a full service clinical research site that delivers high quality clinical research services through a highly trained, experienced and dedicated staff . We strive daily to meet our two primary goals of providing ethical, safe, cutting-edge medical care for our volunteers and high quality, clean data to our sponsors with strict adherence to good clinical practice guidelines. We bring research to our patients because we understand that the research supports the interdisciplinary approach as the best way to treat pain. PCA is leading the way to establish national standards regarding pain management and we are dedicated to the advancement of new and improved medications to aide in the treatment of the chronic pain patient.

Check back periodically for any new clinical trials.

You must meet certain criteria to be considered for enrollment into our open clinical research trials. There is no cost to you for your participation. Some trials offer compensation for time and travel. You don’t have to be an PCA patient to be a part of our clinical research trials.

To see if you would qualify for one of our trials, please ask to see the research nurse. You may also call 267-255-9298, email at or ask your PCA physician for more information.

Our Current Studies

Center Overview

Pain Control Associates provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to pain management in a professional and caring environment. We recognize that pain is unique to each individual, therefore our programs are tailored to fit each patient’s particular needs. We are devoted to our patients’ specific needs and concerns. Our caring and knowledgeable staff are ready to help and are here when our patients need us.

We believe that understanding the source of your pain is the key to treating it properly. Our emphasis is on restoration of function.

Our research department, is currently conducting clinical trials in our Voorhees , New Jersey Office. We have an established research program, with Investigators and clinical research coordinators. Our unique interdisciplinary treatment approach has been determined to be the most effective methodology according to the American Academy of Pain Management. We specialize in conducting clinical trials involving all areas of the chronic pain syndrome.

Conditions We Treat

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain
  • Degenerative Discs
  • Diabetes Pain
  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Discs
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Mouth & Jaw Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain & Sex
  • Nerve Damage
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Shingles Pain

Mission Statement

“Patient Control Associates is a clinical research investigative site dedicated to providing our patients with qualified professionals who utilize good clinical practices to ensure the patient’s safety and wellbeing. Through clinical trials, our patients are offered access to new medical treatments and devices. We pride ourselves on providing quality data to our study sponsors, which is crucial in maintaining the safety and efficacy of the trials in which we participate. It is our duty to the people we serve in our community to provide the highest ethical standard of care and the opportunity to improve their quality of life through clinical trials.”

Patient Demographics

Chronic pain diseases include all age groups, our patient population is primarily between the ages of 40 to 75, however we treat patients from the age of 18 and up. Pain management is a very comprehensive specialty. Our patients have many different pain related diagnosis and issues they are being treated for. We manage the pain care for not only patients with age related disease but also for patients with traumatic injury as well. Our chronic pain patient database consists of over 4300 patients and we treat patients from all across the state of New Jersey.

Research Team

Youssef Josephson, DO – Principal Investigator

Youssef Josephson, D.O. is the newest member of The Pain Management Center, a Prospira PainCare Center of Excellence. Dr. Josephson received his medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed a medical internship at Crozer Keystone Health Systems, Delaware County Memorial Hospital. He completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a focus on electrodiagnostics at Albert Einstein, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, New York and completed subspecialty training in interventional pain medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under world-renowned pain management pioneer, Dr. Frank JE Falco, MD. Currently, Dr. Josephson is assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine and specializes in interventional pain management, musculoskeletal medicine, and electromyography.

Matty Culbreth- Notaro, RN, BSN, CCRC- Executive Director of Research Administration

Matty is the Executive Director of Research Administration for Prospira Pain Care and the National Pain Research Institute, LLC (NPRI) corporation

Matty received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the Florida State University in 1991 and began her nursing career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Miami Children’s Hospital. Her career in clinical research began at Nemours Children Clinic where she successfully developed and managed the research programs for the Orlando, and Pensacola, Fl. divisions and assisted with the ongoing development of the research programs for Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, and Orlando Regional Medical Center. In 2006, Matty established a Biomedical Research company called Global Clinical Research Management, Inc. As owner and President of GCRM, Inc. she was the key leader in developing the operational programs for the organization servicing thousands of clients across the country to include leading pharmaceutical companies, CRO’s , hospitals and private physician practices. Matty’s focus was to assist physician practices and hospitals throughout the country in implementing or further developing the clinical research programs within their institution. The physicians and their patients were given access to cutting edge medicine, providing them with leading care. Her expertise in the area of clinical research brought her across the country to Southern California where she worked as a consultant for MemorialCare Health System. She joined forces with a team of experts to revamp and restructure the Biomedical Research Program, enterprise wide concentrating her efforts in Clinical Operations as the Director for that division. She managed the clinical operations for Long Beach Memorial, Millers Women and Children Hospital, Saddleback Memorial and Orange Coast Memorial.

Matty is a seasoned veteran with well over twenty five years of experience supervising protocol teams for a variety of corporate entities. She comes to Propsira and NPRI, LLC with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of clinical operations and has successfully managed a variety of Clinical Research projects to include: Phases I-IV, Investigator Initiated Trials, External Non-Clinical Research Studies, Observational and Registry trials.

Her scope of management capabilities include working directly with various globalized talent ranging from Vice Presidents, Medical Directors, Investigators, Medical Liaisons, Global Study Coordinators, Affiliates, Jr/Sr Clinical Research Nurses Coordinators, Jr/Sr Clinical Research Associates, various Joint Committee Members, Legal and Patent Departments.

She is expertly trained in regulatory, budget, contract negotiation, quality assurance, compliance and clinical research operations.

Laurie Jameson, Certified Clinical Research Coordinator

Laurie has been a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator for over16 years, with significant experience managing trials at multiple sites including phase II – IV. Some of the therapeutic areas she have worked in include pulmonary, GI, rheumatology, cardiology, and dermatology. Her experience includes all aspects of clinical trials including TMFs and IRB presentations as well as submissions, creation of source documents, sponsor and FDA audit preparation, phlebotomy, EDC and IVRS systems.

Other Information

Pain Control Associates is able to use a central IRB. We have experience with many of the central IRBs: WIRB, Quorum, Schulman, NEIRB, Coast IRB, Aspire IRB, Copernicus and others. Clinical trials at our site are always completed on time and with accuracy; we consistently exceed sponsor expectation for subject enrollment, human protection, compliance, integrity and expeditious delivery of accurate evaluable data. We are able to use a Central IRB of the sponsors choice and have our contracts reviewed and executed within 2 weeks of receipt. Our average start up time from protocol receipt to site activation is less than one month. Our sites use a state of the art and fully integrated CTMS system that tracks our trials and subjects for optimal organization.

  The information provided on this website is for general, educational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be relied upon as, medical advice for use by any specific patient for a particular condition. Individuals with a particular medical condition are encouraged to seek the advice of a competent medical professional who can fully address their specific, unique needs.