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Clinical Trials and Studies

As a Center of Research Translation, the Center for Musculoskeletal Research, URMC Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and UR Rheumatology are committed to increasing the diversity and efficacy of treatments and procedures available to our patients from the Rochester, NY region. We conduct state-of-the-art translational studies to better understand disease processes and clinical trials in multi-site efforts that are national in scope.

URMC is one of the first institutions nationwide with funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish the University of Rochester Clinical & Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI). The UR CTSI is to lead the emerging field of clinical and translational research to more quickly advance treatments to patients. We are also developing educational programs to train clinicians and biomedical scientists in the conduct of translational research and clinical trials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Trial/Clinical Research?

Clinical trials are research studies that test a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention in people. In a clinical trial, doctors determine if a new form of treatment or prevention, such as a new drug or medical device (for example, a new hip implant), is safe and effective in people. 

Clinical research studies are used to answer many questions about medications, devices, surgical techniques and other interventions used to treat illnesses or injuries.

What Are the Benefits? Are There any Risks?

Clinical trials and clinical research are carefully monitored. They are conducted by a physician and a study coordinator. All research is monitored by an Independent Review Board, and in some cases, by the FDA. If a particular trial or study has any risks or benefits, you will be completely informed before you make a decision on whether or not to participate.

Do I Have to Participate?

No. Participation is completely voluntary and if you do participate, you can leave the study at any time. Also, your regular health care is unaffected by your decision.

How Do I Get Involved?

For more information about participating in a study, email or contact a coordinator listed below.

Department of Orthopaedics Clinical Research Team

Ashley Owens

Ashley Owens
Clinical Research Manager, CCRC

Steve Drury

Samantha Hoffman
Senior Human Subject Research Coordinator, CCRC


Christina Vazquez
Human Subject Research Coordinator II


Erin Brightman
Human Subject Research Coordinator Trainee


Kevin McCaffery
Human Subject Research Coordinator II


Mark Scarlata
Human Subject Research Coordinator II