CMMC Given New Clinical Research Unit
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The Shreveport Times Sunday, Dec. 15, 1974 N« THE S CMMC Given New Clinical | Research Unit By Elaine King Times Medical Writer Clinical research to aid physicians in learning about disease processes and ultimately how to treat the diseases will begin at the Louisiana Stale University School of Medicine here early next year The clinical research center will be housed on first floor of Confederate Memorial Medical Center (CMMC) and is expected to open in January, according to Dr. James W. Johnson, director of the cen-ter Most of the participants in the research program will be patients at CMMC. All participation by patients will be on a voluntary basis, emphasized Dr. Marion Hargrove, head of the department of medicine at the medical school. CMMC is teaching hospital for the medical school. A possible research area at the center might deal with hypertension and the ef-fect of salt on the body, Dr. Johnson ex-plained. The researcher would be in-terested in how long it takes for reduction of salt in the diet to have an effect on blood pressure, he said. Also the research would try to establish any possible side effects. Funding for the center was through a private foundation grant of $125,000, which included the funds for renovation -of the hospital space provided for the clinic, Dr. Hargrove said There will be five registered nurses on the clinical research staff who will be em-ployed by CMMC. Sharon Chambliss, head nurse for the unit, will visit a clinical research center in Dallas, Tex., this week to become familiar with operations of that center. Physical facilities, still incomplete, in-clude four private patient rooms, an examination room, a laboratory to collect and store specimens and a waiting area. Actual laboratory work will be done in medical school laboratories. CMMC is con-nected to the new medical school building which is under construction and expected to be open for classes next year. Operation of a clinical research laboratory is seen as another means of strengthening the educational - medical environment and should benefit the com-munity, Dr. Hargrove said. Volunteers in research will be selected on the basis of research programs under way at the center, the physicians said. Clinical research programs are usually funded by the National Institute of Health, Dr. Hargrove noted, but the federal agency felt that the medical school here was too young and not enough research was under way to award funds for establishing such a unit. The private contribution, he said, provided enough funds for renovation and seed money for the first few years until the program, hopefully, can attract federal research grants. The clinical research center, Dr. John-son said, provides an added incentive to prospective faculty members. The unit will be operated under control- Iled conditions so that the environment is free from extraneous influences.
|Title||CMMC Given New Clinical Research Unit|
|Creator||King, Elaine T.|
Confederate Memorial Medical Center Clinical Research Center (Shreveport, La.)
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
Johnson, James W.
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