Researchers recently celebrated Clinical Trial’s Day May 20, showing the importance of clinical trials performed at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

At any time, the Research Institute is performing more than 100 clinical trials across Marshfield Clinic Health System in our big and small centers alike.

“This year is the 60th anniversary for the Research Institute, and I am proud of the quality clinical trials we continue to offer our patients,” said Amit Acharya, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., executive director of the Research Institute. “We continue to integrate research with care delivery, which was something important to the founders of the Research Institute and our Health System.”

Clinical trials are a part of everyday patient care here at the Health System – including active clinical trials in cancer, infectious diseases, orthopedics, gastro-intestinal, ENT, endocrinology, cardiology, vaccines, nephrology, rheumatology, neurology, women’s health, dermatology, pulmonology and physical medicine.

Dedicated research staff

The Research Institute has dedicated research coordinators that work with clinicians and their team to provide clinical trials to patients. They play a major role in taking patients through the process of a clinical trial.

“Our hope is that health care advances because of the outcome of research studies,” said Lisa Larson, clinical research coordinator with the Clinical Research Center at the Research Institute.

Many clinicians throughout the Health System work with the research coordinators to deliver clinical trials to patients. For some doctors, participating in clinical trials is one of their passions. They not only get to care for their patients, but also are involved in aiding scientific discoveries in medicine.

“I wanted to do my part in advancing the care of patients, and on occasion we are able to offer patients a treatment that they might not otherwise be able to get,” said Matthew Hall, M.D., infectious disease investigator for the Clinical Research Center and infectious disease specialist for the Health System. “Involvement also keeps me up to date on new developments in my field.”

Ultimately, without clinical trials, there would be no reliable way to assure the efficacy and safety of new treatments or devices such as those that could cure cancer.

“I believe there is a cure for cancer. Clinical trials are the way to find that cure. By working to gather data on new treatments, we get closer to the answer,” said Stephanie Engelien, oncology research nurse with the Cancer Care and Research Center at the Research Institute.