The Transplant Clinical Research Group at UNC is committed to conducting ongoing clinical studies to expand what we know about pre- and post-transplant patients and how the body works. The group is currently conducting a number of clinical trials, many of which are studies looking at newer medications to help prevent rejection of the transplanted organ. There are also studies that do not involve medications, but rather involve asking permission to collect blood and other specimens during routine tests or procedures. These samples will help doctors and researchers learn more about various diseases and/or about our patient population in general.
The research team works along with the clinical care team (doctors, nurses, and coordinators) to try to make the experience in research more effective and worthwhile. Our principal investigators are faculty members Dr. David Gerber, Dr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Dr. Robert Watson, and Dr. Alexander Toledo.
The group’s study coordinators, the ones who may approach patients about a study while in the hospital or in clinic, are Paula Steele, CCRC; Elisabeth Carter; Viet Nguyen; and Valorie Buchholz, RN, BSN. Research is an important part of the UNC community, and we appreciate your contribution.