Supporting research today to meet Veterans'                                          health needs tomorrow... 

​The research program of Charleston Research Institute is highly diverse dedicated to finding new, better, and more cost-effective methods of providing healthcare to our nation’s Veterans. 

This program hosts investigations in medical research, health services research, and clinical trials research. Our researchers are nationally and internationally recognized physicians and scientists devoted to developing a better understanding of the causes of disease and how disease can be treated.  

Mission Statement:

Please donate to support the research mission of Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Charleston Research Institute (CRI) supports the research-related activities of the VA (principally the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center) while enhancing its revenue and sustainability. 

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ResearchMatch has a simple goal – to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free and secure registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in the mission of helping today's studies make a real difference for everyone's health in the future.

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​Information for Veterans Interested in Participating in Research Studies​

A research study is an organized activity to learn more about a problem or answer a question.
A research study may be done to: 

  • Understand health needs, problems, or feelings people have about an illness or their general health
  • Test if a product, such as a drug or equipment, is safe and effective
  • Determine the best way to treat an illness, or how to prevent an illness
  • Find out what health care practices work best

One specific type of research study is a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a medical study that tries to determine whether medicines, new therapies or new devices are safe and effective. In a clinical trial, a drug or treatment is often compared to a placebo-an inactive substance given as if it were a therapy, but typically has no value to treat or prevent an illness.

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