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Our History

SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn was founded in 1971 and is dedicated to the advancement of better health and quality of life through medical research. To date, SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn has been involved in the conduct of over 225 clinical trials – almost exclusively within the areas of psychiatry and neurology.

However, in the near future we will be expanding our research scope into areas beyond neurology and psychiatry. To be kept abreast of current trial initiatives, as well as new areas into which we will be expanding, go to Contact Us below to be placed into our database so you can be notified of trials that may be of particular interest to you.

Meet The Physicians


Doctor Nick Vatakis joined SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn in 1997 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. Doctor Vatakis has served as Principal Investigator on over 200 Clinical Trials in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment,Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Stuttering, Smoking Cessation, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Addiction Disorders and Sexual Dysfunction.

He obtained his medical degree from New York University and did his residency at NYU Medical Center. Doctor Vatakis has also held teaching appointments at New York University. Finally, Dr. Vatakis maintains a private practice and serves as a consultant to several drug companies and Contract Research Organizations in the area of Central Nervous System disorders.


Since joining SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn in 2010, Evgeny Fink, MD, has served as either the Principal Investigator or Sub- Investigator on over 40 clinical trials across many therapeutic indications. Dr. Fink earned his medical degree from Smolensk State Medical Academy in Russia and did his residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center of New York, where he is on staff faculty.

He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and is Medical Director of SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn. Additionally, Dr. Fink maintains a private psychiatric practice. He is the co-author of several publications on Schizophrenia, Affective Disorders and Opiate Dependence

Our Experienced Staff

SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn is a stand-alone medical research and treatment facility located in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The two principal physicians, Dr. Nick Vatakis and Dr. Evgeny Fink oversee a dedicated staff of approximately 20 medical support professionals that includes a number of research coordinators and a laboratory technician.

The facility, located at the corner of Neptune and Coney Island Avenues, consists of several fully equipped treatment and examination rooms, and a CLIA-waived processing laboratory for the collection, storage and processing of biological samples. The site and staff also have the capability and expertise to perform drug infusions when this route of administration is required by a specific study. Finally, in additional to its own facilities, SPRI maintains professional relationships with a number of local medical facilities that can perform brain imaging tests (e.g., CT, MRI and PET) as required by specific research protocols.