Stormont Vail Health Brings Leading-Edge Clinical Research Close to Home
We have a large group of physicians, advanced practice providers, and research professionals involved in clinical trials. They collaborate with national and global research leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, major pharmaceutical research companies, and leading research organizations.
We have more than 50 enrolling research opportunities and offer clinical trials in various therapeutic areas, including:
- General Medicine
- Weight Management
The Stormont Vail Health Clinical Research team collaborates with medical teams nationwide and worldwide as part of our commitment to enhancing patient care and wellbeing. We support over 100 active clinical research trials at any given time to develop and refine new medical treatments and therapies, including Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, Skyrizi, Rybelsus, Keytruda, Opdivo and Imfinzi.
Clinical Research Stories
On the health side – I have spent decades with Crohn’s issues, and every time I tried to address it with medications, two things would happen –I would either have an adverse (way more painful and aggravating than just managing the symptoms of the disease itself), or I had to take prednisone for extended periods (and each time gaining way too much weight). So, I grew increasingly frustrated and decided not to address the disease and just manage the symptoms. However, this trial has given me hope to manage it without the frustrating side effects. I am happy to try to help others who may suffer these same issues in any way I can.
"On a personal note, not necessarily health-related – I have appreciated the support from the Digestive Health department and Research team. They have helped me to feel seen and have been considerate, knowledgeable, encouraging, and supportive; they are personable, genuine, and helped me to feel like more than just a number or another health problem.
Working with the doctors, nurses, and team has been a positive experience for which I am very thankful. I appreciate their advocacy for me and their addressing this as a legitimate concern, along with their personable and pleasant demeanor. It has meant a great deal."
"What being in a research trial means to me is hope. The hope of getting better and not stressing about the financial strain of specialty medication and countless doctor bills and co-pays."
"It gave me an option for treatment when I had none. And it allowed me to help others who suffer from this disease."
"Research turned into the only way I could afford to manage my disease. And it’s worked out pretty well! Even with insurance, the medications to treat my Crohn’s were so expensive; I would have had to go without."
"My experience being in the study has been 100% positive. The team has been so friendly and helpful; they made the entire experience a real pleasure to be a part of. I plan to join another study as soon as possible after this one."
"Participating in the clinical trial has also been an excellent experience for me. I have learned a lot about obesity, exercise, nutrition and weight loss, and I am hopeful my new routines and lifestyles will be sufficient to maintain my progress once the program ends. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this trial and am excited to see what the future holds for me."
Find Clinical Research Trials near You
Are you interested in participating or learning about clinical trials? Call the Clinical Research team at (785) 368-0744 for information, or click the button below to view a list of current clinical research trials.
Upcoming and Enrolling Trials at Stormont
Check out a full list of clinical trials that are now recruiting participants.
If you are interested in trials at other locations please see www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Clinical Research FAQs
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The Role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Research
Physical health, lifestyle, and environment can influence how individuals experience a disease or treatment. For this reason, clinical research trials must include people with diverse lived experiences. Historically, white males have primarily participated in most clinical trials, though the number of white female participants has increased. Unfortunately, limited diversity among participants makes it difficult to determine how treatments will work for people with different life stories, namely, marginalized or minority populations. In turn, this shortcoming negatively impacts the health of those populations.
The reasons for the lack of diversity in clinical research studies are complex and systemic. In reviewing the history of clinical research, some investigators prioritized specific populations when selecting participants. When studies included minority populations, some participants received unethical and exploitative treatment, violating Good Clinical Practice. Although these ethical principles are now the internationally accepted foundation of all clinical research, the history of exploitation and abuse diminished trust and interest in clinical trials.
Additionally, modern disparities in healthcare (often based on race or culture) have further damaged the relationship between marginalized communities and healthcare organizations. Disparities in care, whether due to conscious or unconscious bias, are an issue of great importance and focus. Stormont Vail Health acknowledges the discriminatory history of clinical trials and its consequent damage to vulnerable communities. We recognize that the healthcare industry has more work to provide equitable healthcare access and outcomes.
Even people interested in clinical trials may lack access to information or a way to connect with opportunities. This page aims to help interested individuals locate information about clinical research and current available studies. An additional method to indicate interest in clinical research is also provided.
Stormont Vail’s Cotton O’Neil Clinical Research Department is committed to building trust with all communities and providing access and information to those interested in a clinical trial. If you have any questions or concerns, please call (785) 368-0744 to connect with one of our research team members. You can also view this Clinical Trial Fact Sheet from the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.