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 clinical research study coordination program 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, Colleges, and Departments across campus.

The EDRC Program can help you facilitate research by:

  • Offering 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

Call or Email for a Consultation

Ly Hoang
EDRC Program Coordinator
lhoang@medicine.wisc.edu | (608) 263-6690




COVID-19 Studies:

Clinical Evaluation of the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 AG/Flu A&B Combo Card

The purpose of this study is to validate the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag/Flu A & B Combo Card in a symptomatic patient population suspected of COVID-19 or the flu. The hope is for this test to be widely available for patients and to facilitate the diagnosis of COVID-19 or flu. The EDRCs will be approaching eligible patients and completing study activities, including nasal swab sample collection, in the ED. For questions, please contact Dr. Brian Patterson at bpatterson@medicine.wisc.edu.

Additional Studies:


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, please contact Dr. Manish Shah.

Building a Substance Use Data Commons for Public Health Informatics

This study aims to validate a natural language processing algorithm that screens hospitalized patients for substance misuse. The EDRCs will be approaching eligible patients and informing them of the study – no study activities will occur in the emergency department. The EDRC team is working with Majid Afshar, MD, MSCR from the UW Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Randy Brown, MD, PhD from the UW Program for Research, Outreach, Therapeutics, and Education in the Addictions (PROTEA) to see how their teams’ substance misuse classifier performs against a gold standard screening survey.

Please contact Dr. Manish Shah or Dr. Brian Patterson with questions.

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. Enrollers will take a 30-second recording of eligible patients breathing to capture lung sounds of interest. For questions, please contact 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, please contact Dr. Michael Pulia.

Evaluation of ANP Assay in Acute Heart Failure

The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new assay for diagnosing and assessing the severity of Acute Heart Failure in patients presenting to the emergency department. This test is created by Beckman Coulter, Inc. and uses a blood draw to look for certain biomarkers present during episodes of heart failure. In addition to patient questions and chart review, EDRCs will work with ED staff to collect blood and then perform simple processing on it prior to sending it to the sponsor for testing. This study is expecting to enroll 2-3 patients per week. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Ward.

Improving Patient Classification and Outcome Measurement in Traumatic Brain Injury

Many clinical trials on traumatic brain injury (TBI) have failed in the past due to knowledge gaps on the heterogeneity of patient profiles and limitations in clinical outcome measurements. The aim of this study is to better understand traumatic brain injury (TBI) subtypes and to identify more precise outcome measures to facilitate how research is conducted on TBI. The EDRCs will be completing a set of standardized TBI assessments with patients and working with ED staff to collect blood.

This study is being conducted in collaboration with Lyndsay Nelson, PhD, ABPP, from the Brain Injury Research Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. If you have questions about this study, please contact the study PI, Dr. Marin Darsie, at medarsie@medicine.wisc.edu.  

The Role of Aspiration in Community Acquired Pneumonia

Pneumonia is the most common infectious cause of mortality in older adults. Standard practice for older adults with pneumonia involves hospitalization and antibiotics. However, recent studies suggest that a significant portion of suspected community-acquired bacterial pneumonia cases may actually be due to distinct, dysphagia-related aspiration syndromes (e.g. aspiration pneumonia, pneumonitis). This study will utilize diagnostic imaging to generate a prevalence estimate for aspiration in older adults diagnosed with pneumonia or with suspected pneumonia for dysphagia, as well as determine rates of recurrent pneumonia in this population.

This study is being conducted in collaboration with Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director of the Swallowing and Salivary Bioscience Laboratory within the UW Department of Medicine Division of Geriatrics. This study is funded by the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.

Romantic Couples, Medications, and Health at Time of ED Visit

The purpose of this study is to develop relationship-based predictors of prescription opioid use among older adults. EDRCs will approach patients presenting to the ED with injuries who also have a romantic partner present for participation. Interested couples will complete one survey in the ED, and the patient will complete a short follow-up survey at 30 days. This study is being done in collaboration with Dr. Lauren Papp in the School of Human Ecology. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Repplinger.

All Current and Completed Studies:

A comprehensive list of all completed and ongoing studies conducted by the EDRC Program is available here.