July 18, 2014
New clinical trials center at Kellogg will make it easier to launch studies on new treatments for patients
Grant Comer, M.D., M.S., clinical trials leader
Ann Arbor, MI, July 18, 2014 -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved a $2.6M construction project to create a new clinical research center on the fifth floor of the original W.K. Kellogg Eye Center tower, a space that has not been renovated since its completion.
The new center includes over 5,100 square feet of dedicated space for clinical trials, with rooms for patient examination and testing and offices for clinical trial coordinators and faculty. The design will be flexible to adapt to changing needs.
“Our colleagues around the world have shared their best practices, allowing us to create our own model clinical research center,” says Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. “With clinical trial coordinators and patient facilities in one location, our faculty and staff will be able to offer more trials to see how well new treatments work for our patients.”
Grant M. Comer, M.D., M.S., retina specialist, is the department’s clinical trials leader. Along with colleagues, he continues to develop the infrastructure for clinical trials to help faculty deal with federal and university regulations and the many steps needed to assure a trial is conducted in a safe and effective manner.
Current clinical trials at Kellogg include the evaluation of an investigational drug for treatment of thyroid eye disease as well as collagen cross-linking for keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea becomes steeper, decreasing vision. Other scientists are laying the groundwork for trials on gene replacement therapies, slated for 2015, where “normal” copies of mutated genes are injected in the eyes of patients with retinal dystrophies that affect both adults and children and eventually lead to blindness.
Funding will be provided by the U-M Medical School, with design led by the University of Michigan Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.
Find our current clinical trials at www.kellogg.umich.edu/research/open_clinicaltrials.html
Written by Betsy Nisbet