Research Center

Research Center

Research Contacts for Patients

CHI Memorial Research Center
725 Glenwood Drive
Suite E-484
Chattanooga, TN 37404
423-495-2890 (office phone)
423-495-2898 (fax)

Ginger Whisman, BS, CCRC
Clinical Research Manager
423-495-2163 (office phone)
423-495-2898 (fax)

The CHI Memorial Research Center team is committed to providing quality healthcare for our patients and community. We promote innovative research opportunities and physician-led clinical trials. CHI Memorial Research Center is available to coordinate strategic research activities with other regional healthcare providers.

CIRI is a partnering organization that connects Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals, such as CHI Memorial, with system-wide initiatives dedicated to research and innovation. CIRI staff members come from diverse backgrounds that span community healthcare, industry, and academia.

Resources for Patients

Why do people participate in research or clinical trials?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people participate in research and clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and atten-tion from the clinical trial staff. Research and clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.

What is research?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH),:

“Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. People volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies as well as long–term natural history studies, which provide valuable information about how disease and health progress.”

What is a clinical trial?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH),:

“Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to pre vent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

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