The University of Missouri Clinical Research Center brings scientific discovery to the realm of patient care by supporting patients, volunteers and researchers who participate in clinical trials and other forms of clinical research. Clinical trials are research studies that are carefully designed to answer questions about the safety and effectiveness of medical treatments for illness and injuries. These treatments could be drugs, devices, types of exercise, nutritional regimens or mental health therapies. The studies may test new treatments or compare existing treatments to determine which works best. The University of Missouri has more than 400 clinical trials in the process of improving health and quality of life.

Located on the fifth floor of MU’s University Hospital and School of Medicine, the center is ideally positioned to serve as a bridge between clinical medicine and biomedical science. The location is easily accessible by patients and volunteers, as well as scientists and clinicians throughout the University of Missouri’s schools, centers and network of hospitals and clinics.

MU’s Clinical Research Center contains an advanced inpatient Phase 1 clinical trials unit, five inpatient beds, three outpatient exam rooms, a metabolic kitchen to support nutrition studies and an exercise facility. The center also contains work areas specifically for researchers, including meeting rooms, a general laboratory and information technology facilities. The environment is designed to support clinical and translational scientists, as well as training programs for physicians who want to contribute to clinical research.

Clinical Trials Registry

The registry connects community members with information about research supported by the University of Missouri Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (MU-iCATS). You can register to learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you, sign up to receive news about the most promising biomedical research at MU, or request an expert to speak to your community group or organization.

Whether you are healthy, a patient, or the caregiver of a family member or friend, you can register to receive information about participating in clinical trials at MU. To learn more about clinical trial availability and eligibility, please call 573-882-4894 or 888-280-5002 (toll free).

Clinical Team Members

Grace Maus
Coordinator of Protocol Services
Grace has been working in research for more than two years. After graduating from University of Missouri with a BA in Psychology and BHS, she began working as a research assistant at BioPharma Services in Columbia, Missouri. 

Mihiri De Silva, BSN RN CMSRN PCRN
Nurse Clinician
Mihiri has four years of practice as a front line nurse in Family Medicine and Acute Care of the Elderly Unit. She has held many roles in health care over the years — medical records technician, care tech associate, unit clerk, hematology lab technician and research specialist.

Julie Jones RN, BSN, ONC
Nurse Clinician
Julie has been practicing as an RN for almost eight years mainly in cardiac acute care and inpatient orthopaedic trauma. Julie is certified in orthopaedic nursing, achieved role model status at MU Health Care, and received a Daisy award for excellence in nursing.