At any given time, approximately 900 research studies and clinical trials are occurring at Greenville Health System (GHS) in the areas of oncology, pediatric oncology, women’s health, cardiology and vascular disease. Clinical trials are structured research studies conducted to answer specific questions concerning new therapies, medications, medical devices, vaccines, or new ways of using existing treatment. Trials are sponsored or funded by a variety of organizations from federal agencies to physicians, medical institutions, foundations, and pharmaceutical or medical device companies. This innovative research often results in medical breakthroughs and gives our patients access to the latest treatments, therapies, and medications.
In addition to clinical research, GHS also participates in applied basic science to support the development of new medical devices and drug therapies in the areas of oncology, reproductive endocrinology and vascular surgery.
CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS (PARTICIPANTS)
The consent form that you receive when you are invited to be a research subject includes some contact information if you have questions or concerns about the study.
For more information concerning research study(s) and research-related risks or injuries, or to give comments, concerns or complaints, you may contact a representative of the Institutional Review Board of the Greenville Health System for information regarding your rights as a participant involved in a research. You may obtain the name and number of this person by calling (864) 455-8997.
The Greenville Health System Office of Human Research Protection (GHS OHRP), Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Greenville Health System want to meet their primary responsibility of protecting human subjects who participate in research at GHS. They also want to work in a cooperative and collegial manner with investigators at GHS to assure this protection as a team. Unfortunately, sometimes the best of intent does not always yield the best of results. If you have concerns or complaints about the service you received from the GHS OHRP or one of the IRBs, you have been unable to resolve the problem after direct communication with the GHS OHRP Medical Director, or the IRB, investigators may address concerns and/or suggestions by submitting a written document to the Institutional Official at:
Spence Taylor, MD
Vice President of Physician Engagement
President & Chief Academic Officer of the GHS Health Sciences Center
Telephone: (864) 455-7992
The Institutional Official may respond verbally, or in writing, and may take such action as needed to address the concerns and/or suggestions.