Mission Medical Associates physicians and practices are involved in many clinical trial research endeavors. These clinical trials enable physicians and their patients to have access to treatment options not otherwise available and to experience satisfaction in knowing they are contributing to science. Easy access to resources and support offered at Mission Health System's Research Institute helps to facilitate clinical trials.
Mission Research Institute
The goal of the Mission Research Institute is to encourage, facilitate and conduct a variety of research studies to ensure that Mission is at the forefront of medical care, while also supporting the advancement of science through evidenced-based medicine.
The Research Institute presents a unique opportunity for clinicians who wish to participate in clinical trials as investigators. Clinical studies are being conducted in many therapeutic areas, including:
- Internal medicine
- Pulmonology and critical care
- General surgery
- Wound care
- Cardiac surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Labor and delivery
- Vascular surgery
- Interventional radiology
- Obstetrics and gynecology
Research at Mission is not limited to, but may include:
- Therapeutic interventions
- Clinical trials
- Exploration of mechanisms of disease
- Observational studies
- Prevention-focused trials
Our physicians discover and share knowledge gained through this clinical research with the end goal of improving the health of all people. In fact, Asheville Cardiology Associates, a Mission Medical Associates practice, was recently recognized by a contract research company as a site of excellence for conducting clinical research.
Why Get Involved in Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials offer many advantages to physicians and their patients, including:
- Access to pharmaceuticals and medical devices before their commercial release
- Opportunities to contribute to science and evidence-based practices
- Intellectual stimulation through interaction with nationally recognized experts
Research at Mission: A Collaborative Effort
Since 2000, the core team of medical personnel and health researchers at Mission has worked together to conduct research. Staff members have extensive clinical and epidemiological research experience and are committed to promoting standards of good clinical practices in the conduct of research. Designed as a "one-stop shop" for researchers, the institute provides assistance to investigators that allows them to focus on their research activities.
Research Institute staff assume responsibility for most of the administrative and regulatory tasks associated with conducting clinical trials, including contracting and budgeting. Dedicated clinical research coordinators (RNs) assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, screen and enroll patients under the advisement of the investigator, obtain and report data, organize study records, and meet with monitors. The Research Institute also acts as the liaison with study sponsors through the life cycle of the research project.
The ultimate goal of research at Mission is to encourage, facilitate and support high-quality collaborative research studies designed to improve health. For more information, please contact the Research Institute at 828-213-7055.