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Clinical Research Department

Digestive Health Center actively participates in clinical research studies.  We help to advance the field of Gastroenterology by offering our patients access to treatments that might otherwise not be available. All of our studies are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and/or clinical research organizations, and they typically involve hundreds of subjects at numerous sites .

What is a Clinical Research Study?  

A clinical research study is scientific investigations in which people can help doctors find new and better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control, treat illnesses and improve healthcare.  These studies are a vital part of the process by which new treatments are approved for use.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires clinical trials on all medication before they will approve a medication for public use.   Research participants take an active role in research by helping doctors and scientists learn about various health problems and diseases.  Knowledge gained through these research studies may help others live longer, healthier lives.  Participating might help you directly by giving you access to an investigational drug or procedure you would not otherwise be able to receive at that time.

All of our studies are approved by an independent institutional review board and are planned, organized, and executed according to the highest professional and ethical standards.

Our research experience encompasses treating a wide range of digestive diseases, including:

  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Proctitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Chronic Constipation
  • GERD (heartburn)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diarrhea

Because choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important and personal decision, patient information is maintained in total confidence. We encourage you to contact us at 281-4- TRIALS.

We are currently enrolling patients for Ulcerative Proctitis, IBS-D, Chronic Constipation, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease and GERD.

What are the benefits of research studies?

Some potential benefits of participating in a clinical research trial may include:

  • Expert health care provided by our physician/physician assistant during the study.
  • Access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
  • Play a more active role in your own health care.
  • An opportunity to make valuable contributions to medical research.
  • Possible compensation for participation in the study.   Free treatment for many clinical trials, including the medicine  being evaluated, doctor visits, physical examinations, laboratory tests, outpatient procedures and other diagnostic tests.

The risks and benefits of each study are dependent on the study itself. All the risks and benefits will be listed in an informed consent document and will be explained to you in detail by the researcher who is conducting the study.

Our Research Staff

We have a dedicated research department whose team members are required to receive additional training on the safe and ethical conduct of clinical research and certification in the protection of human subjects’ safety.  Our research coordinators work very closely with our study participants and physician/physician assistant to ensure each study is conducted in compliance with the study protocol and all local and federal mandates. 


To learn more about GI Trials and how we can help you, call 281-4-TRIALS today!  


Our Research Coordinator is here to help!!


Clinical Research Coordinator