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.

Caregiver Perspectives on Recruiting Patients with Memory Challenges into Research

This is a qualitative study lead by Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi in the School of Nursing that aims to better understand how to include patients with dementia and their caregivers in research. Caregivers of patients with dementia will be approached and asked if they would be willing to participate in an informal interview with a member of the study team. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah.

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.


The purpose of this study is to assess whether administering ORal Bacterial EXtract to pediatric patients at risk of developing asthma will prevent these patients from developing asthma. The study is being done by Dr. Dan Jackson in Asthma & Allergy and is targeting patients between 5 and 17 months old with asthma risk factors. Enrollers will explain the study to potentially eligible families and obtain permission to contact for the study team to follow up with interested families. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah or Dr. Dan Jackson.

Paramedic-Coached ED Care Transitions to Help Older Adults Maintain Their Health

The purpose of this study is to test the overall hypothesis that a community-based, paramedic-coordinated ED-to-home Care Transition Intervention will improve community-dwelling older adults’ post-ED health outcomes and reduce cost. This study will include older adults discharged home from the ED, as well as their caregiver. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah.