Clinical Trials

Many of our physicians take part in national studies of new treatments. These clinical trials allow doctors to find drugs and procedures to treat cancer, diabetes and other illnesses so they can recover from serious diseases. If you are accepted for a clinical trial, you may undergo new treatments before they are available to general public.

ECU Physicians’ patients may participate in clinical trials. These clinical trials hold promise of helping serious illnesses, such as cancer, after other treatments have failed. Your doctor can help you decide whether to participate.

You may or may not experience benefits from the clinical trial and even your doctor won’t know if you are receiving the new treatment since the studies are blinded and randomized. These trials may involve several departments, such as pharmacy, radiology or others.

While new drugs, devices, procedures and treatments may help some patients, we must follow all federal, state and institutional regulations, policies and procedures to protect the privacy, safety and interests of patients and university.

NIH Definition of a Clinical Trial

A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.   

Link to information:  NIH’s Definition of a Clinical Trial |

Your study is considered to meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial even if:

  • Your study uses healthy participants, or does not include a comparison group (e.g., placebo or control)
  • Your study is only designed to assess the pharmacokinetics, safety, and/or maximum tolerated dose of an investigational drug
  • Your study utilizes a behavioral intervention
  • Your study uses an intervention for the purposes of understanding fundamental aspects of a phenomenon (See more information about Basic Experimental Studies with Humans).

Your study is NOT considered to meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial if:

  • Your study is intended solely to refine measures.
  • Your study involves secondary research with biological specimens or health information.

For more information, call our Clinical Trials Office at 252-744-3212. You may also contact Jackie Moore, Senior Clinical Trials Contract Negotiator, at

  • Cancer
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Platelet Disorders

Call Kristin Wooten at 252-744-3617.

  • Heart Diseases/Conditions
  • Vascular Disease
  • Aneurysms

Call Eddie Hill at 252-744-5242.

  • High Blood Pressure

Call the Nephrology Research Office at 252-744-0671 or email for General Medicine trials.

Call Dr. Shiv Patil at 252-744-2607 or email for Family Medicine trials.

  • Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients
  • Gingivitis

Contact Dental Research Office at 252-737-7126 or

  • Diabetes

Call Dr. Shiv Patil at 252-744-2607 or email

  • HIV
  • Influenza
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)

Call Jamie Wigent at 252-744-1913.

  • Kidney Disease

Call the Nephrology Research Office at 252-744-0671 or email

  • Kidney Transplantation

Call Winifred Bryant at 252-744-2577.

  • Cancer & Blood Disorders
  • Heart Conditions/Diseases
  • Kidney Disease/Transplant
  • Other

Call Cierra Buckman at 252-744-3212.

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis

Contact Anagha Malur at

  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery and Immunology
  • Non-Surgical Oncology
  • Bariatric Surgery

Call the Surgical Research Office at 252-744-5292 or email

  • Pending Additional Trials