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Current Research

Princeton Baptist Medical Center recognizes the importance of medical research in breaking the barriers to provide more effective medical care.  Administrative and financial oversight helps to ensure that investigations meet the safety, ethical, and financial standards of the research milieu.

Just a few of the many research projects now underway at Princeton Baptist include:

            Cardiovascular Research

Through various clinical research protocols, the Center for Therapeutic Angiogenesis is studying angiogenesis -- the growth of new blood vessels - for both cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. Some of the protocols use genes to facilitate angiogenesis. The gene itself doesn't have the direct properties to grow blood vessels; however, it is converted into a protein known as a growth factor.

Other protocols use stem cells (using the adult patients own stem cells derived from the bone marrow). Previous animal studies using these agents have shown vessel growth within 12 weeks. Implementing these protocols is one way to assist patients with no options for further treatment.

For more information, call Director Susan DeRamus at 205-780-4330, extension 338 or email sderamus@cardiologypc.com

Oncology Research

Oncologists at Princeton Baptist Medical Center participate in clinical research through various national research projects. These studies offer oncology patients access to advanced treatment options through clinical trials that might otherwise be unavailable.   

Now underway are clinical trials for chemotherapy in the treatment of:

o Metastatic breast cancer  
o Metastatic lung cancer 
o Metastatic colon cancer  

For more information about these studies, call Lynn Ireland, R.N., O.C.N., at 205-206-8346 or email lireland@swclinic.org.  

Studies are also underway in the treatment of: 

o breast cancer, staging ranging from adjunctive therapy to metastatic 
o lung cancer, staging ranging from adjunctive therapy to metastatic 
o prostate cancer

For more information about these studies, call Kim Jones, R.N., at 205-599-4929. 

Urology Research  

Through participation in scientific investigation of therapeutic avenues, urologists at Princeton Baptist Medical Center seek to advance the current and future care of its patients.  This participation often enables these physicians to know about the latest treatment methods even before they are commercially available and also affords patients the latest in medical care, often long before it is available to the general public.

Participation is conducted via several types of clinical trials. Prevention studies look at lifestyle changes or drugs to help prevent future urological problems. Diagnostic studies may look for new ways to detect severity of potential diseases. Treatment studies examine new drugs, devices, options or combinations of current therapies to treat ongoing diseases.

Clinical trials include: 

o Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
o Bladder Cancer
o Erectile Dysfunction 
o Intestinal Cystitis
o Overactive Bladder 
o Prevention of Cancer Metastasis 
o Prevention of Side Effects (hot flashes) from Chemotherapy 
o Prostate Cancer        
o Prostatitis
o Stress Incontinence
o Urge Incontinence
o Urinary Tract Infections
o Urethritis in Males 

For more information, call Judy McMillan at 205-445-0125.      

Cancer Center Annual Report 

Princeton's Cancer Data Registry publishes an annual report of significant data that may be helpful to physicians in researching and compiling articles for medical journals as well as examining treatment methods and modalities. Click here to view the report.

Contact HRRB

Email or call Vyvette Isabelle, Human Research Review Board Coordinator, at 205-592-5700.  Mailing address is 800 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213-1984.  

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