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Clinical Trials Groups

Clinical Trials Unit

Executive Director: Risa Ramsey, PhD, EMBA, BSN, RN, CCRC
Medical Director: Csaba Kovesdy, MD, FASN

Industry Funded Clinical Research Support. Provides full-study administrative support or a-la-carte services based on investigator needs

Locations/Facilities: Research space both at UTHSC and Methodist University Hospital; can provide traveling support in MD offices. Investigational product and specimen storage, lab equipment, exam rooms, and investigator/staff touch-down space
In-house Services: Contract, budget, regulatory, nurse coordinator, data, and invoicing support, clinical trial management system

Office of Preventive Medicine Clinical Research

Medical Director: Karen Johnson, MD, MPH
Director/Manager: Beate Griffin, RN, BSN
Phone: 901.448.8405

Epidemiologic, behavioral, health-services, investigator initiated NIH clinical trials, industry sponsored clinical trials, and translational/ community research. Provides proposal review, space and equipment, and coordinator support

Locations: Clinical research space at 66 Pauline and in East Memphis (756 Ridge Lake). Exam rooms, procedure rooms, laboratory processing and storage, administrative space, and investigational product storage
In-house Services: Grant proposals, biostatistics, regulatory, nurse coordinator, database development and data management, subject recruitment, investigator and staff education

Dental Clinical Research Center

Medical Director: Franklin Garcia-Godoy, DMD
Research Coordinator: Colette Stewart, RDH, MSOL

Dental/Oral Clinical Research. Provides coordinator support for dental trials

Location: College of Dentistry. Dental chairs/units, consultation area, and operative area with radiology capabilities
In-house Services: Space provision and administrative support

University Clinical Health (UCH) Research Unit

Director: Courtney Love

UTHSC-affiliated practice group conducting their own clinical research. Provides support for research conducted by certain UCH employed clinicians

Location: 1407 Union Avenue, Suite 700, Memphis, TN 38104 
In-house Services: study support in the outpatient or inpatient setting for their physicians (no dedicated clinical research space)

Clinical Research Center

Medical Director: Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD
Director/Manager: Ruben Cuervo, MD

Patient-oriented publicly funded and/or translational research. Provides proposal review, shared space and equipment, and coordinator support

Location: Independent research space within Methodist University Hospital. Eight exam rooms, bionutrition lab, exercise physiology room/equipment, DEXA scanner, IP storage, and sample processing laboratory
In-house Services: Regulatory, nurse coordinator, research nutrition, laboratory testing, invoicing, and clinical trial management system

Pediatric Clinical Research Unit (PCRU)

Medical Director: Dennis Black, MD
Director/Manager: Sheon Lynch

Pediatric clinical research. Provides proposal review and full study administrative support for pediatric trials

Location: The CFRI (Children’s Foundation Research Institute) Research Tower of LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Exam rooms, laboratory, administrative space, and pharmacy
In-house Services: Grant preparation and submission, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, budgeting, contracting, regulatory, medical writing, nurse coordination, data management, subject recruitment, phlebotomy services, laboratory testing, invoicing, and clinical trials management system

Nephrology Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Trials Program (COCTP)

Director: Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD
Manager: Junling Lu, MD, CCRP

Clinical epidemiology and outcomes research, and clinical trials in the fields of nephrology, transplantation medicine and general internal medicine. Provides research proposal reviews, apprentice training related to outcome research and clinical trials, study coordination from contract/budget negotiation to patient’s care

Location: 66 North Pauline, Suite 300 for clinical trials. VA Medical Center G403 for outcome research
In-house Services: Mentoring or education on establishing a sound research hypothesis and study design. Budget/contract negotiation, regulatory submission, trial coordination, human subject recruitment, data management. Provide training on preparing regulatory submission

Jan 31, 2024