ED Research Enroller Program

The Emergency Department Research Enroller (EDRE) 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 EDRE 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 EDRE 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
EDRE Program Supervisor
rschwei@medicine.wisc.edu (608) 263-6690



Studies Currently Enrolling in the ED

Cobas® vivoDx MRSA Clinical Performance Study Protocol: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the performance of a new Roche investigational test that is designed to detect live MRSA in nasal samples collected from the nose in less than six hours. We will swab participants’ noses two times in each nostril and then the samples will be brought to the lab for analysis. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah or Dr. Michael Pulia.

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.

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.