The MUSC Digestive Disease Research Center, located at the Ashley River Tower in downtown Charleston, offers a world-renowned program that provides the infrastructure for methodologically and ethically sound clinical, translational and technology research for GI Medicine and GI Surgery.
Our basic science and biomedical research laboratories (including state-of-the-art facilities to study novel endoscopic and surgical experimental techniques and devices), as well as collaborations with Biometry, Psychiatry, Pathology, Bioengineering and Hollings Cancer Center, greatly expand our research tools.
With a team consisting of more than a dozen experienced Faculty Principal Investigators, two Registered Nurses, a Nurse Practitioner and five Association of Clinical Research Professional certified clinical coordinators, the MUSC Digestive Disease Research Center offers not only superior research services, but also works on answering some of the most difficult questions in the field of digestive disease. It is these seasoned personnel that make up the backbone of our program.
The DDRC is proudly compliant with the international scientific and ethical quality standard known as "Good Clinical Practice." Our clinical, endoscopic and surgical expertise, along with our large patient volume and a unique practice of complex cases, leaves us well-poised to run clinical trials efficiently. We have several multi-centered federally funded studies underway, including some from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).