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Research Center Profile:
University of Louisville Research Foundation (ULRF)

Center Information

Office of Clinical Research Services and Support
Central Clinical Trials Office
University of Louisville Research Foundation (ULRF)
501 E. Broadway, Suite 210
Louisville, KY 40202
502-852-2610 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dental and Oral Health
Family Medicine
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

The University of Louisville (UofL) has one of the oldest medical schools in the country. It was developed, in part, to provide medical care for riverboat workers on the Ohio River. UofL has a long and rich history of educating excellent clinical practitioners, and it has graduated well over half of the practicing physicians in the state of Kentucky.

UofL’s medical school, located in downtown Louisville, offers master’s, doctoral and first professional degrees in 20 clinical and basic science departments, and has approximately 600 full-time faculty members and 1,500 volunteer faculty. The Health Sciences Center now teaches and mentors about 2,200 graduate and professional students.

The University hosts a number of nationally recognized academic programs and is home to some of the nation's top researchers. The medical center is internationally recognized for advances made by its medical school faculty, including the first self-contained artificial heart, the first successful hand transplant, and research in cancer, heart disease, and stem cells.

For more than a decade, UofL has developed a major research initiative, becoming one of the nation’s fastest growing programs in terms of growth in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Louisville Hospital serves as the primary adult teaching hospital for the school’s faculty, who also practice at the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center. The clinical care of UofL Health Care continues to receive recognition. UofL Hospital is the site of the nation’s first Trauma Center, which recent accolades include being named the state’s first certified stroke center and becoming the state’s first nationally accredited breast care center. Helping to serve as a place for translating research advances into treatments and cures are the seven acute care hospitals that comprise the Louisville Medical Center. Each hospital is managed by a not-for-profit organization with a long history of providing compassionate care. Member institutions are Frazier Rehabilitation Center, Jewish Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Norton Hospital, Norton Medical Pavilion, Rudd Heart and Lung Center and the University of Louisville Hospital, and UofL faculty provide clinical care at each of these facilities.

In the heart of downtown Louisville, the center offers the largest concentration of health care providers in Kentucky and the region, and one of the largest concentrations in the nation. It employs 12,000 healthcare workers and has a half-billion dollar payroll. It serves more than half a million patients each year from around the globe who come because of its reputation for leading-edge medical research and breakthrough medical treatments.

Clinical Research Experience

Pain Management
Neurological Surgery
Infectious Diseases
Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology
Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Disorders
Emergency Medicine
Family Practice/Geriatrics
General Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Pathology/Laboratory Medicine
Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Psychiatry/Addiction Psychiatry
Radiation Oncology
Diagnostic Radiology

Please Check out our University of Louisville, Department of Neurology, Research Division profile: University of Louisville, Department of Neurology, Research Division

Facility Description

Importantly, UofL physicians not only care for patients at the UofL Hospital, they also practice at Jewish, Norton, Kindred, the Louisville VA Medical Center, Kosair, and other Louisville Medical Center facilities.

UofL Health Care is staffed with more than 500 physicians. University Hospital is the region’s preeminent medical teaching and research hospital and plays a key role in ensuring the quality of health care in the community. It has developed a robot system for providing scarce specialty care to rural health partners. The hospital operates the area’s only 24-hour Level I trauma and emergency center. Other key specialty services include women’s health, digestive diseases, sleep disorders, bone marrow transplant, stroke center, and psychiatry. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center, that is part of UofL Healthcare, is the area’s most comprehensive cancer care research and treatment facility.

Jewish Hospital is a 442-bed regional referral center. The hospital is also the flagship of the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare Network, a regional network of more than 35 health care locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, including the Frazier Rehabilitation Hospital and the Rudd Heart and Lung Center, and encompassing nearly 1,700 beds and serving more than one million patients annually. Jewish Hospital is an internationally renowned specialty center, developing leading-edge advancements in heart and lung care, hand and microsurgery, rehabilitation medicine, neuroscience, occupational health, organ transplantation, outpatient care, plastic and aesthetic surgery, and primary care. It is among the top 10 cardiac centers (by volume) in the United States and is a leader in transplantation, performing all five solid organ transplants (heart, liver, lung, kidney and pancreas), as well as hand transplantation.

Frazier Rehab Downtown is a 135-bed hospital located on the Jewish Hospital Medical Campus. Frazier is committed to the development of programs, which combine traditional rehab with innovative therapy techniques. The facility stands 15 stories tall and houses world-class groundbreaking programs such as the Christopher and Dana Reeve NeuroRecovery Network, Spinal Cord Medicine Program and Locomotor Training Program. Therapy gyms located on each floor and patient rooms offer a full spectrum of 24-hours-a-day hospital services such as lab, x-ray, diagnostic imaging and respiratory therapy. The downtown facility offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and also offers a fitness and wellness facility, designed to help those with disabilities stay “fit for life.”

Jewish Hospital Heart Care, Rudd Heart and Lung Center and the Heart & Lung Institute boasts the region’s only Accredited Chest Pain Center and a rich history of medical innovation and advancement. Offering the most complete range of diagnostic and interventional heart care services available anywhere in the region, Jewish Hospital's ranking and patient outcomes consistently exceed national averages. And Jewish provides a full spectrum of non-surgical options encompassing cardiac catheterizations, angioplasties, electrophysiology studies, pulmonary function testing and hyperbaric medicine.

Louisville VA Medical Center is an acute care hospital located approximately 4 miles from the main Medical Center Campus housing the inpatient population and multiple primary and subspecialty care outpatient facilities. Several specialized programs exist at the Louisville VA Hospital including the regional center for bariatric surgery; home based primary care providing personal home monitoring and telehealth management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and diabetes; and hospice and palliative care programs.

Norton Healthcare is a not-for-profit organization, which operates Norton Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, and the Norton Healthcare Pavilion in the Louisville Medical Center. It also operates three other hospitals in Louisville, and 16 managed community and rural hospitals in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Norton Healthcare also owns three physician practices, and is affiliated with Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, Indiana, Southern Indiana Medical Center, Charlestown, Indiana, and Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Norton Healthcare Pavilion, formerly Methodist Evangelical Hospital has served for more than a century, the people of Louisville and the surrounding region have turned to Norton Healthcare facilities for a full range of medical care. Through one of the area's most comprehensive healthcare networks, Norton Healthcare's integrated system bridges the life span, providing quality care to newborns, children, adults and the elderly.

Kosair Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit children’s hospital operated by Norton Healthcare. Kosair has the area’s highest-level neonatal intensive care unit, a children’s burn unit, and specialists in all areas of pediatric care. Importantly, it has a Pediatric Clinical Research Center focusing on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug metabolism in children.

Investigator Experience

The University of Louisville is priviledged to have many renowned researchers. Please see specific profile pages for detials.

Staff Expertise

We hare making many positive changes in research administration here at the University of Louisville. A central clinical trials office, OCRSS, was established in July 2008 to offer investigators high quality research administrative support. Since its inception, OCRSS has focused on improving compliance for research as well as decreasing start-up times for industry-sponsored trials. Over the last two years, OCRSS has identified process changes that allow for parallel processes for IRB, contract and budget approvals. In the past six months, additional process changes have allowed decreases in the timeline of approximately 20 days.

Each department at the University of Louisville boasts a number of very experienced research personnel. The University of Louisville also has a central clinical trials office to assist researchers without experienced staff available. a. The professionals in this office have an average of ten years of experience in clinical research. These personnel have education/certifications in the following areas:

Clinical Research Professional
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Coordinator
Healthcare Research Compliance
Masters of Business Administration
Masters and Doctorate in Physiology
Certified Public Accountant
Bachelors of Nursing

The university has collaborated with the following sponsors/CROs in clinical research:

Abbott LaboratoriesKAI Research, Inc.
ACM Medical TechnologiesKendle International, Inc.
Agennix, Inc.LAAx, Inc.
Alba Therapeutics CorporationLevitronix LLC
Altor Bioscience CorporationMead Johnson & Company
Amgen, Inc.MedImmune, Inc.
Angstrom Pharmaceutical, Inc.Merck & Co., Inc.
Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.Micrus Endovascular Corp
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AstraZeneca LPNCGS Laboratories Inc.
Bard Peripheral Vascular, IncNewLink Genetics Corporation
Baxter Healthcare CorporationNMT Medical, Inc.
Bayer HealthCare PharmaceuticalsNovartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Bayside Health ABNNovartis Vaccines & Diagnostics
Benechill, Inc.NxStage Medical, Inc.
BioMarck Pharmaceuticals, LtdPacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Biosite IncorporatedParexel International Corporation
BioVex IncPDL BioPharma, Inc.
Boehringer-IngelheimPenumbra, Inc.
Bristol Myers SquibbPfizer, Inc.
Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Pharmacogenetics Diagnostic Lab. (PGx)
Celgene CorporationPharmaNet LLC
Centocor Ortho Biotech Services, LLCPPD Development, LLC.
Cerexa, IncPRA International, Inc.
Certus International, Inc.Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Chiltern International Inc.Queen's University
Cleveland Clinic FoundationQuintiles, Inc.
Clinical Trial Management Services, Inc.Regenerex
Clinimetrics Research Associates, Inc.Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CoAxia, Inc.ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Concentric Medical, Inc.RH Bouchard & Associates
Conor MedsystemsRoche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
CovanceRoche Laboratories, Inc.
Duke Clinical Research Inst.Rockwell Medical Technologies, Inc.
EKR Therapeutics, Inc.Ross Products Div., Abbott Laboratories
Elan PharmaceuticalsSalix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Eli LillySanofi Pasteur
EMMES Corporation, EPP (NCI)Sanofi-Aventis U.S.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.SC Liver Research Consortium
Endocyte, Inc.Schering-Plough Corporation
Epigenomics, IncSchwarz Biosciences, Inc. (UCB acquired)
FibroGen, Inc.SIRTeX Medical Ltd
Gambro Renal ProductsSouthwest Oncology Group
Gemin X, Inc.Spiration, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.SRA International, Inc.
GenzymeSt. Jude Medical
GileadSunshine Heart
GlaxoSmithKlineTakeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc
HeartWare, Inc.TKL Research, Inc.
Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.United BioSource Corporation
Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Vical, Inc.
Hospira, Inc.ViroPharma, Inc.
i3 ResearchW. L. Gore and Associates
ICON Clinical ResearchWeill Medical College
INC Research, Inc.Welch Allyn Inc.
Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Westat
Johnson & Johnson Pharm.Res.Dev.LLCWyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Patient Demographics

U of L serves a unique patient population. Kentucky sits in the midst of “Coronary Valley” and the “Stroke Belt” with high prevalence of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, and lung cancer. Unfortunately, Kentucky is also a ‘leader’ in low educational achievement and high levels of smoking, and alcohol use. These factors combine to make Kentuckians especially unhealthy. Its African-American, Hispanic, Appalachian, and indigent populations are large, and they are disproportionately afflicted with above noted chronic diseases.

Therefore, the ULRF is well situated to perform clinical and translational research with multiple diverse/minority populations, as well as children, and to positively impact the health and well being of these subjects.

Kentucky is second in the U.S. in the incidence of obesity in high school children, number nine in preschool children, tied for second in overweight adults and obese adults, ninth in hypertension, seventh in diabetes, second in physical inactivity and sixth in the highest poverty rates. Segments of Louisville Metro have the highest rates of many of these diseases in the state.

All of these problems relating to obesity and heart disease/stroke have a dietary component. With Kentucky’s low educational achievement and high poverty levels , a proper diet is much more difficult to attain. Indeed, Kentucky is also a national leader in fast food consumption.

Kentucky ranks fourth among states in cancer mortality. In 2006, nearly 24,000 Kentuckians were diagnosed with cancer and more than 9,300 died of cancer. Kentucky’s overall cancer death rate is 17% worse than the national average, and the lung cancer death rate is 45% higher than the national average.

Other Information

For Patients
Please check the listing of current trials to determine if a trial is right for you. Also know your rights as a participant and information about participation in a clinical trial by visiting the following address:

For Sponsors
Office of Clinical Research Services and Support (OCRSS) is the central clinical trials office at the University of Louisville. OCRSS is the best point of contact for industry sponsors. The office provides information and communication about clinical research at University of Louisville.

OCRSS is your contact to:

  • Identify principal investigators with particular research expertise and interests (Investigator Identification Service)
  • Obtain general information about clinical research resources, research capabilities, and sponsored research administration
  • Streamline communications among sponsor, research administrators, PI and research personnel

OCRSS is a full service research support office that provides the following services:

  • Protocol placement and feasibility
  • Regulatory approval
  • Budget development and negotiation
  • Billing plan development
  • Contract routing
  • Clinical coordination

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Please Check out our University of Louisville, Department of Neurology, Research Division profile: University of Louisville, Department of Neurology, Research Division

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