Memorial Healthcare System’s Office of Human Research:
This year, the Office of Human Research grew to more than 120 open-to-accrual studies in progress across the system, with 647 patients enrolled in these research studies throughout the year, including:
Our vision is to offer a research study to every patient who walks through our doors, and support and enable any Memorial clinician who wants to perform research. Research allows Memorial to attract the best physicians and gives our patients the opportunity to try new medical interventions that may make a significant contribution to their care.
One of the areas in which Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute is most active is in cardiac and vascular research. From testing medications to exploring new devices and approaches, researchers are seeking to expand their knowledge base with the ultimate goal of finding safer, less invasive and more effective therapies for patients.
Some studies include:
Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death, and there are so many questions that we don’t have answers to. At Memorial, we have a multidisciplinary research team that’s working together in creative ways. Our goal is simple: through clinical research, find safe, more effective and less-invasive therapies to help our cardiovascular patients.
At Memorial Cancer Institute, new treatments and studies are deepening knowledge – and giving hope – in the fight against cancer.
Memorial Cancer Institute participated this year in trials for nivolumab, tremelimumab, durvalumab and pembrolizumab, intravenous new therapies for melanoma and lung cancer. These drugs:
Immunology is a very promising intervention. The side effects are minimal, and it can be more effective than traditional chemotherapy.
Our study was compelling, and we hope it will encourage more research on Hispanic and non-Hispanic cancer populations — especially where the kind of innovative therapies that Memorial Cancer Institute offers are hard to access.
Memorial Rehabilitation Institute has had outstanding success this year in the area of research. Lauren Thomas, Psy.D., Director of Rehabilitation Psychology, along with her dedicated team of psychologists and students, have been hard at work implementing quality improvement initiatives, collecting data and conducting research.
Our focus on quality and research is rapidly moving us forward on our journey to becoming a top-tier Rehabilitation Institute. The broad range of topics has contributed to new and innovative ways of improving patient care. Several of these projects have been accepted for poster presentations at national conferences. These include: