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St. Claire Regional Medical Center has been performing research for many years. Modern-day research began at St. Claire Regional in 2005 with the Marty Driesler Cancer Project. In order to receive federal funds for this project, SCR acquired a Federal wide assurance, assuring that the institution will respect the rights and safety of human subjects involved in research. SCR developed its own Institutional Review Board, a group of hospital, university, and community members to review the safety and ethics of all clinical research done at our hospital.


Research at SCR ranges from simple projects performed by students to institutional participation in multisite national research. In the past few years, SCR has participated in trials that involved waiver of informed consent, provided research education to other hospitals and organizations through conferences at the University of Kentucky, and provided community input regarding the University of Kentucky's planned tissue bank.


Currently, SCR is involved in numerous chemotherapy trials, carried out in our oncology unit; emergency room trials regarding traumatic brain injury and stroke, resident projects regarding antibiotic use in our hospital, and outpatient projects involving management of diabetes and screening for colon cancer. We are working with the University of Kentucky Center for Oral Health Research to protect the dental health of Eastern Kentucky children. These research projects do not generate revenue for the hospital, but they are an important part of our goal to provide top quality health care for the people in Eastern Kentucky, and educate the next generation of health professionals.


For more information on current research or clinical trials at St. Claire Regional please contact: 606.783.6476