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Clinical Research

Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances.

What are clinical trials and why do people participate?

Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.

Clinical Research Team

Lauren Bainter RT(R), CCRC
Lauren Bainter RT(R), CCRC
Investigational Site Manager
Mary Dukett
Mary Dukett
Study Coordinator
Melissa McHugh, MS, CCRP
Melissa McHugh, MS, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator
Stephanie Hudson RT(R)
Stephanie Hudson RT(R)
Clinical Research Coordinator
Michelle Williamson, RN, BSN
Michelle Williamson, RN, BSN
Research Coordinator
Chaille Karl, RN BSN
Chaille Karl, RN BSN
Clinical Research Coordinator
Michael Diefenback
Michael Diefenback
Research Specialist
Beth Corbett B.A., RT(R)
Beth Corbett B.A., RT(R)
Clinical Research Coordinator
Tara L. Rosen RN, BSN
Tara L. Rosen RN, BSN
Clinical Research Coordinator
Jo Ellen Eldridge, MLT (ASCP)
Jo Ellen Eldridge, MLT (ASCP)
Research Specialist
Megan Kaler, RN
Megan Kaler, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator
Abby Welker
Abby Welker
Clinical Research Specialist
Jennifer Wrigley Cernich, RN
Jennifer Wrigley Cernich, RN
Research Coordinator
Michelle Reichart
Michelle Reichart