Introduction: Research Studies

Improving What's Possible

As a University Medical Center, we have the privilege and duty to try to improve medical care, as well as to provide the best available care. We are very active in two primary types of research:

  • Clinical research — Clinical research is the study of disease in patients, often involving clinical trials (or studies). These studies involve human volunteers to help answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the best way to find treatments that really work. All such studies are very carefully designed and regulated to make them as safe as possible. They are handled by our own professional research management team.
  • Basic science research — Basic science research is carried out in laboratories, studying mechanisms of disease and new medicines. Much of this research concerns the basic mechanisms of cancer, and is carried out in collaboration with scientists in the Hollings Cancer Center.

Participants involved in clinical research trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

Be sure to read our Patient Safety, Rights and Responsibilities and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Those interested in even more information can contact the program manager, April Williams at or (843) 876-4303.