ED Research Coordinator Program

The Emergency Department Research Coordinator (EDRC) Program exists within the Department and our mission is to support the conduct of high impact clinical and translational research by providing investigators efficient and effective research services. We place highly trained staff members in the Emergency Department environment where they screen, consent and enroll patients into research studies.

The EDRC Program is a cutting edge resource available to researchers across the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We have worked on research projects funded by federal, foundation, and industry sponsors and with researchers from a wide variety of Schools and Departments across campus.

The EDRC Program facilitates research by:

  • Sharing best practices on recruiting patients and caregivers from the Emergency Department
  • Effectively identifying and enrolling participants into research studies
  • Rigorously adhering to study protocols and accurately completing study procedures
  • Regularly communicating with study teams regarding recruitment progress

Want to learn more?

Call or Email for a Consultation

Rebecca Schwei, MPH
EDRC Program Supervisor
rschwei@medicine.wisc.edu (608) 263-6690



Studies Currently Enrolling in the ED

All of Us

The purpose of this study is to build a national database that will be available to researchers to further precision medicine. Coordinators will approach patients to participate, help them go through the portal to complete the baseline surveys, and schedule follow-up appointments with patients for bio-specimen collection. We are hoping to enroll family members and guests in this study as well. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah.

Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults

As a part of the AHRQ grant titled "Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults," researchers from the Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering will soon begin conducting observations in the ED to observe disposition decision-making discussions between patients and clinicians. Their intent is to better understand the disposition decision-making process for older adult patients and barriers/facilitators in the process. They will use these data to design a tool that will improve transitions from the ED to the hospital, the patient’s home and skilled nursing facilities. If you have any questions or concerns about the observations, please contact the study PI, Dr. Pascale Carayon (pcarayon@wisc.edu).

Clinical Evaluation of the Omron Wheeze Detector Prototype and Algorithm

The purpose of this study is to test a wheeze detector prototype created by Omron Healthcare in pediatric patients with a history of asthma or suspected of having asthmatic symptoms. This is a new protocol but is a continuation of the previous Omron study that is more tailored to the target patient population. Coordinators will take a 30-second recording of eligible patients breathing to capture lung sounds of interest. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah or Dr. Michael Kim.

Evaluating the Utility of Thermal Imaging in Diagnosing Cellulitis for Lower Extremity Complaints in the Emergency Department

The main purpose of the study is to determine the temperature gradient between affected and unaffected legs in patients with cellulitis and compare the difference in temperature between cases of cellulitis and pseudocellulitis. A secondary purpose is to assess the impact of thermal imaging data on diagnostic assessments of potential cellulitis cases when added to standard techniques. For questions, see Dr. Michael Pulia.

Sonographic Cardiopulmonary Features of Early Sepsis

This study aims to correlate cardiopulmonary sonographic findings in patients with early severe sepsis with the need for vasopressor support and positive pressure ventilation, as well as mortality and level of care on admission. Ultrasound faculty consent and enroll ED patients that have the sepsis BPA pop up in HealthLink. For questions, see Dr. Nikolai Schnittke or Dr. Sara Damewood.