The La Porte County Institute for Clinical Research, located at the 400 North Medical Center, was created in 2009 to provide residents of Northwest Indiana with the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials. Alongside our Principal Investigators, Dr. I. Maurice Ndukwu and Dr. Minesh B. Patel, we strive to aid in the advancement of medical science by empowering patients to take an active role in their healthcare.

Enrolling Studies

We are constantly searching for new studies that can address the unique health issues in our community. To find out if you qualify for a study, click on the tab that refers to your condition. There, you’ll find an updated list of enrolling studies and their qualification criteria

We are enrolling for two (2) diabetes studies:

  • Study 1

    To qualify, you must meet all of the requirements below.

    1. You have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes for at least one (1) year
    2. Your diabetes has been insufficiently controlled for at least one (1) year of treatment with two (2) or more of the following:
      • oral agents
      • GLP-1 receptor agonists, approved with use of insulin

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information, please call the study coordinator, Kim, at 219-879-0333 extension 228

  • Study 2

    You must meet at least one of the qualifications for your age group. Please note: those who are 60 years or older must meet at least one qualification from either age group

    Fifty Years or Older:

    • History of symptomatic coronary heart disease
    • Prior stroke or TIA
    • Prior myocardial infarction

    Sixty Years or Older:

    • Microalbuminuria or proteinuria
    • Hypertension
    • Left ventricular systolic or diastolic dysfunction

    If you meet any of the qualifications and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinators at 219-879-0333 extension 219, or at 219-879-0333 extension 238

We are enrolling for one (1) pneumonia study:

  • Study 1

    You must meet all of the requirements listed below:

    • At least 18 years old
    • Acute illness that has lasted for no more than 7 days, with at least three (3) symptoms consistent with a lower respiratory tract infection:
      • (new or worsening) dyspnea
      • new or increased coughing
      • phlegm that has a greenish color or a puss-like appearance
      • chest pain due to pneumonia
    • At least two (2) vital sign abnormalities:
      • a fever higher than 100.4 degrees
      • hypotension (a systolic blood pressure of less than 90 mmHg)
      • tachycardia (a heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute)
      • tachypnea (a respiratory rate of greater than 20 breaths per minute)
    • An x-ray that documents pneumonia within 48 hours of enrollment

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Courtney, at 219-879-0333 extension 223.

We are enrolling for two (2) COPD studies:

  • Study 1

    You must meet all of the requirements below:

    • You are at least 40 years old
    • You have a diagnosis of COPD
    • You are a current or former smoker
    • You have had at least one exacerbation in the last 12 months

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Rachel, at 219-879-0333 extension 238.

  • Study 2

    To qualify, you must meet all of the requirements below:

    • You are at least 18 years old
    • You have been diagnosed with mild to moderate COPD by a physician
    • Your COPD is being treated with respiratory medicine and the dosage of that medicine has stayed the same for at least four (4) weeks

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Rachel,  at 219-879-0333, extension 238.

We are enrolling for two (2) Chronic Kidney Disease studies:

  • Study 1

    To qualify for this study, you must meet all of the requirements below:

    • You must be at least 18 years old
    • You must have a diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease
    • You must not be expected to start dialysis within 6 months of your study participation screening
    • You must have a mean hemoglobin level that is less than 10.0

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Kim, at 219-879-0333 extension 228.

  • Study 2

    To qualify for this study, you must meet all of the requirements below:

    • You must be at least 18 years old
    • You must have a diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease
    • You must not be expected to start dialysis within 6 months of your study participation screening
    • You must be currently maintained on ESA therapy with the last dose received no more than 8 weeks before your study participation screening

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Kim, at 219-879-0333 extension 228.

We are enrolling for two (2) asthma studies:

  • Study 1

    To qualify for this study, you must meet all of the requirements below:

    • You must be at least 18 years old
    • You have been diagnosed with asthma by a physician
    • In the past year, you have had at least one exacerbation that required an emergency department visit or hospitalization

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Kristy, at 219-879-0333 extension 222.

  • Study 2

    To qualify for this study, you must meet all of the requirements below:

    • You must be at least 18 years old
    • You were professionally diagnosed with moderate-to-severe asthma at least six (6) months ago
    • You are not currently a smoker. Either you are a nonsmoker, or you have not used tobacco products within the past year
    • You have been on a stable asthma treatment regimen for at least 4 weeks

    If you meet these requirements and would like more information on this study, please call the study coordinator, Courtney, at 219-879-0333 extension 223

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