Clinical Studies

The Right Fit for Your Clinical Study

When conducting a clinical trial, finding the right department or contact at an academic institution is crucial. At the Center for Industry Research Collaboration, we pair you quickly with the right investigator and the most valuable resources at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for your study.

Clinical Research Experience

For decades, Wake Forest Baptist has investigated causes and interventions for prevalent diseases through Phase I-IV clinical trials. We are top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best hospitals in six specialties, including cancer (No. 27), nephrology (No. 27), geriatrics (No. 33), gynecology (No. 33), ear, nose & throat (No. 34) and neurology & neurosurgery (No. 37), as well as ranking highly in many other areas.

We conduct hundreds of clinical trials each year with federal, foundation and industry partners to detect, treat and prevent disease and to measure the effectiveness of novel medical devices. We are currently involved in more than 700 clinical trials. Trials are managed by top-level professionals; each study is led by a scientific researcher who is an expert in the disease area and has extensive research experience.

Wake Forest Innovations is your gateway to our experts and resources. When you partner with us on your next medical innovation, your clinical trials will be backed with decades of experience; access to our facilities that include 175 locations, 900 physicians, and 1,000 acute care beds and interdisciplinary research teams that help you make informed decisions about your novel therapeutic or medical device.

All clinical trials are supported by the Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute, made possible by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health through its National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Areas of Clinical Trial Excellence

We have a broad range of expertise and clinical research opportunities. Explore some of our areas of clinical trial excellence in established models or lean on our depth of experience to help advance your novel approach or area of research.

Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Wake Forest Baptist is home to innovative research of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia, supported by the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging that promotes the health and independence of older adults by fostering multi-disciplinary collaborations in clinical research.
Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Biomedical Engineering

The Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences provides a range of experts who can help develop creative approaches to clinical research. The program provides cutting-edge capabilities in anatomical modeling, injury biomechanics, trauma simulation, rapid prototyping for surgical models, devices and custom orthotics.

Biomedical Engineering

Cancer

Wake Forest Baptist is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center—one of only 47 in the nation. This center consists of nationally and internationally recognized clinical experts who specialize in drug development, prevention, early diagnosis, precision medicine and novel treatments in a wide variety of cancers from brain to leukemia.
Cancer

Cardiovascular

The clinical expertise of Wake Forest Baptist includes research in areas from atherosclerosis, heart failure and hypertension to interventional cardiology, cardiac stem cell therapy and vascular imaging. The Heart & Vascular Center coordinates clinical research with patients, supporting advancements in anesthesia in heart surgery, gene therapy treatments for vascular disease and new technologies to treat heart valve disease.
Cardiovascular

Dermatology

Clinical research at Wake Forest Baptist focuses on dermapathology, hair disorders, phototherapy, medical adherence and surgical and non-surgical cosmetic applications, supported by the Center for Dermatology Research and the Department of Dermatology’s Clinical Studies Center.

Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Comprehensive research in obesity and its comorbodities at the Wake Forest Baptist include diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Our Weight Management Center is one of only a few comprehensive weight management centers in the nation that provides access to diverse patient populations.
Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Gastroenterology

Clinical research in digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel and liver diseases, pancreas and gallbladder disease at Wake Forest Baptist is supported by the Digestive Health Center, which houses the region’s only GI Neuromuscular Center, and an outpatient GI Consultation Clinic.
Gastroenterology

Infectious Disease

Researchers in the Section on Infectious Disease are nationally and internationally recognized for their work on HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, bloodborne pathogens and biomarker analysis. Clinical trials draw from the Infectious Diseases Specialty Clinic (IDSC), one of the largest infectious diseases clinics in the state.
Infectious Disease

Neurosciences/Pain

Clinical research at Wake Forest Baptist covers a wide range, including neurodegenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, the central nervous system and pain management. As a member of the New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy, a consortium of 10 leading medical centers in the U.S., Wake Forest Baptist can offer access to promising new clinical trials.
Neurosciences/Pain

Orthopaedics

Wake Forest Baptist’s orthopaedic surgeons and specialists perform procedures not available at other area hospitals and are committed to pursuing clinical research that improves patient care. That research includes studies in back pain, scoliosis, orthopaedic biomechanics, posture monitoring and radiological and rapid prototyping capabilities.
Orthopaedics

Pediatrics

Clinical research at the Medical Center focuses on critical care for respiratory and gastroenterology, congenital cardiology, pediatric oncology and orthopaedics and draws from the only children’s hospital in northwest North Carolina. The Brenner Children’s Hospital—a major referral center for the region and surrounding states—admits more than 4,500 children each year, treated by over 140 full-time pediatric faculty.

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Our Patient Population

Wake Forest Baptist operates an integrated enterprise of educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and primary and specialty care services. For clinical trials, our investigators can pull from a sizable regional patient population through these entities, including surrounding states for some clinical studies.

Anchored by an 885-bed, tertiary care hospital, community hospitals and affiliated partners, Wake Forest Baptist is a nationally ranked regional clinical health system. The network encompasses the Brenner Children’s Hospital, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center and three community hospitals. Our investigators can recruit from these entities for clinical research on a multitude of conditions and disease states.