Providence Health Partners — Center for Clinical Research

Currently Enrolling Trials

Every day, research uncovers new information about medical conditions and possible treatments. Volunteering to participate in a clinical research study is one way you can contribute to the understanding of diseases and the development of new therapies. At the Providence Health Partners—Center for Clinical Research, clinical studies help eligible participants to:

• Play an active role in their health care.

• Gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.

• Help others by contributing to medical research.

Because it is part of the Providence Medical Group, the Center and its operations are managed by the same physicians you entrust with your family's health care.

  • Currently Enrolling Studies

  Do you manage your type 2 diabetes without taking diabetes medicine?
If you use healthy nutrition and physical activity alone to control your blood glucose (sugar levels), but it’s still not enough, this clinical study may be for you! This trial tests an investigational medicine that may help control blood glucose levels and weight management. You must also be 18 years of age or older, and have a BMI of 23 or more; other restrictions apply.
Study-related care and medication is provided at no charge to you; you may qualify for time and travel compensation. Click here for full details; contact Lisa Todd at 937-297-8999 or

 Type 2 Diabetes Study — If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, have a BMI of 23 or higher, are currently on Metformin (with or without SGLT2 inhibitor) and have an HbA1c between 7.5 and 10%, you may be able to participate in this new clinical trial.
Study-related care and medication is provided at no charge to you; you may qualify for time and travel compensation. Click here for full details; contact Lisa Todd at 937-297-8999 or

Have you ever had a stroke or heart attack, or do you have poor circulation?  

You may qualify for the REDEFINE 3 clinical study on the effectiveness of a treatment that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. If you are over 55 years of age and have type 2 diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease, you may be eligible.

Study-related care and medication is provided at no charge to you; you may qualify for time and travel compensation. Click here for full details. Phone 937-297-8576 or email

  • Center for Clinical Research
  • Center for Clinical Research
A clinical trial is a research study conducted with volunteers to answer specific health questions. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural settings.
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or conditions to be studied in a clinical trial, while others need healthy participants. Criteria for acceptance into a trial are not used to reject people personally—the criteria are only used to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe.
Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the doctors and nurses involved in the trial explain the details of the study. An informed consent document details the study’s purpose, duration, required procedures, risks and potential benefits, and key contact. The participant then decides whether or not to sign the document. Informed consent is not a contract, and the participant may withdraw from the trial at any time.

The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials. In addition, most clinical research is federally regulated with built in safeguards to protect the participants. The trial follows a carefully controlled protocol, a study plan which details what researchers will do in the study.

Yes. Most clinical trials provide short-term treatments related to a designated illness or condition, but do not provide extended or complete primary health care. In addition, by having a health care provider work with the research team, the participant can ensure that other medications or treatments will not conflict with the protocol.
Yes. A participant can leave a clinical trial at any time. When withdrawing from the trial, the participant should let the research team know about it, and the reasons for leaving the study.

In holding the senior medical administrative position of Medical Director at Providence Medical Group, Dr. Paul Opsahl helps oversee all activities related to the delivery of medical care, clinical services, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.

Dr. Opsahl is a Board Certified family practice physician, and continues to serve his patients at Waynesville Health Care in Waynesville, Ohio. He has been a member physician with Providence Medical Group since its founding, and serves with distinction on its Board of Directors.

Sharing the post of Medical Director with Dr. Paul Opsahl, Dr. Joni Koren serves a vital role in assuring that Providence patients always receive the high standard of care promised by the group’s standing as a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home.

A past president of Providence Medical Group, Dr. Koren continues to serve on the company’s Board of Directors, and is a past chair of the group’s Clinical Committee. A board certified physician for over 32 years, Dr. Koren recently retired from private practice.


To learn more about the Providence Health Partners Center for Clinical Research and its research activities, call Debbie Shockley at 937-297-8994.

The Providence Center for Clinical Research is conveniently located at the Providence Medical Group corporate headquarters at 2912 Springboro West, Suite 200, Dayton, Ohio 45439. Click here for a map and driving directions.

Add me to the list of interested volunteers for any upcoming clinical research studies.