Clinical Trials/ Studies

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The Salus Center

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Saint Louis University has led the nation in enrollment in several large, multi-center clinical trials, and is a recognized leader in both clinical and laboratory based research in liver disease. Clinical research in liver disease is conducted in the GI/Hepatology Studies Unit and the NIH Clinical Studies Unit on the second floor of the Saint Louis University Salus Center in the Center for Biomedical and Health Care Research.

The SLU Center for Health Care Ethics and the SLU School of Public Health is also located in the Salus Center building, which is located on the corner of Grand Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue, only a few blocks from Saint Louis University Hospital.

GI/Hepatology Clinical Studies Unit

Our GI/Hepatology clinical studies unit sees more than 200 patients each month who are involved with ongoing industry sponsored research protocols. Currently there are over 40 active clinical protocols with 15 new clinical trials pending site initiation. These pharmaceutical industry sponsored trials currently include the following areas of research:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Fatty Liver Disease  (NASH)
  • Liver Transplantation

Ongoing clinical research activities allow patients to be included in protocols evaluating various new therapies for treatment of liver diseases. Many patients can receive the latest forms of therapy at no charge with the support of a pharmaceutical industry sponsored study. The Clinical Studies Unit staff includes full time certified research nurse coordinators, data coordinators, regulatory staff, phlebotomists, an investigational product coordinator and a nurse manager.

For information regarding industry sponsored clinical trials, please call the GI/Hepatology Clinical Studies Unit at
to speak with a research coordinator.

NIH Clinical Studies Unit (NIH CSU)

The NIH CSU provides space and services to support adult and pediatric research that is funded by federal or foundation support.  Approximately 150 patients are seen in this unit each month. Current clinical studies conducted in this unit includes the following areas of research:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Fatty Liver Disease  (NASH)
  • Early Detection of Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

For information on government sponsored clinical trials, please call the NIH Clinical Studies Unit at 314-977-9340 to speak with a research coordinator.

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