Hangover Research Institute Submits Study to Institutional Review Board

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The Hangover Research Institute makes history by submitting formal hangover research study to Nevada Institutional Review Board.


Hangover Research Institute

If I am going to change the way the world views hangovers, I need to separate fact from fiction. Research guided by the scientific method allows me to do that.

The first research institute of its kind, the Hangover Research Institute (HRI) will make history by submitting a formal hangover research study to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) located in Las Vegas, NV. The study focuses on the work first initiated by veteran anesthesiologist Dr. Jason Burke at his Nevada based medical practice, Hangover Heaven. Hangover Heaven is the first and only medical facility dedicated to the study, prevention, and treatment of veisalgia, or the common hangover. Upon approval, the 18 month study will enroll 500 participants, ages 21-60, and will focus on the efficacy of science-based hangover medical treatment.

Launched in January 2013, The Hangover Research Institute has been busy gathering data needed for its first submission to the Institutional Review Board. The IRB, also referred to as an ethics committee, will determine when the HRI study will be approved to move forward in conducting its formal research on hangover medical treatment.

"I'm a science guy. So everything I do in the medical delivery space needs to be supported with data. That is why the HRI makes sense to me. If I am going to change the way the world views hangovers, I need to separate fact from fiction. Research guided by the scientific method allows me to do that," stated Dr. Jason Burke.

The groundbreaking study extends the work started by Dr. Burke at Hangover Heaven. Hangover Heaven opened in 2012 and immediately started collecting data from the patients that could be used to support further research. In addition to the analysis of inflammatory mediator levels and C-reactive protein levels, the study will also measure acetaldehyde levels and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they relate to the efficacy of hangover medical treatment.

"We have fun at Hangover Heaven, but I have always been serious about providing the highest level of care to my patients. That entails formulating treatments that are supported by science," said Dr. Burke.

Funding has already started to arrive at the HRI. In addition, Hangover Heaven will contribute some of its proceeds to the work being done at the institute. Dr. Burke is looking at creative ways to get the public involved in the work of the HRI. "Hangovers are expensive and cause a great deal of misery. The HRI will allow the community to think outside the box and have a hand in the evolution of how we prevent and cure hangovers in years to come," Dr. Burke suggested.

For more information on the Hangover Research Institute, please visit HRI or contact Vera at vera(at)jasonburkemd(dot)org or 424-216-8617.

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