The steps of a clinical trial

Before the study

Sign up

After having chosen a study that suits you in the available studies section, you have two ways to proceed:

By internet

And filling in the form

By phone

By calling

Screening visit

To enroll in a study, you need to complete two screening visits. For your convenience, we have a screening center in Montreal. If you live outside the Montreal area, you may be eligible for a combined screening visit.

1st visit

A nurse will provide you with a document outlining the details of the study. You will be given the name of the medication, its indication, the dose, the objectives of the study and the risks of side effects as well as other important information about the study.

At this point you will be able to ask any questions you may have to completely understand what is involved.

To ensure you are healthy for participation on the study, your vital signs will be taken and medical information recorded. We will conduct an ECG and you will also be asked for a blood and urine sample.

2nd visit

The second visit consists of meeting with a doctor who will review your results and ask you some questions about your medical history. This is also your opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have.

Visit the screening center

Your stay at Altasciences

For most of our studies you will stay at our clinic for 24 or 48 hours. During your stay you will be served hot meals prepared by our on-site caterer. You will receive the study medication and may have up to about 30 samples of blood (approx. 6 mL each) taken. The blood sampling as well as any other tests, will be explained to you during your screening visit.

We encourage you to bring things that will help pass your free time while on study.

For your entertainment

We have:

  • 60” flatscreen TV’s
  • DVD players
  • High speed internet
  • Computers
  • Board games
  • Newspapers and magazines

And you can bring:

  • Your cellphone
  • Laptop or tablette
  • MP3 player with headphones
  • Playstation or Xbox
  • DS or PSP
  • Knitting
  • Cigarettes
See the complete list


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Please note that as of July 1, 2022, payment for parking will be at the expense of participants enrolled in a study.

Reserving your parking for the duration of your medical evaluation or your study can now be done with ParkSmart.

The toll-meter accepts tap credit/debit cards only or online purchase at


After your stay

Follow up visit

After your stay you may need to come back for an additional blood sample or other follow up test.


After your last visit you will receive your indemnity.
Then you will be ready to start all over again!
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Altasciences Rules and Regulations

Participants are essential to the advancement of medical research. That’s why we value the people who give their time to participate in clinical trials at Altasciences.

Read the rules

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Contact us

Monday to Friday 8 a.m to 8 p.m

Saturday 9 a.m to 5 p.m

Sunday 10 a.m to 5 p.m

Toll free 1 888 758-6312

Phone (514) 381-2546

Acadie 179
Don’t forget that there is lots of construction in and around Montreal this Summer. Make sure to leave early enough to make it here on time.