About The Research Group
In 1997 the group formed the Black Hills Clinical Research Center. The Research Center was started to promote cardiovascular health by providing area physicians the infrastructure and opportunity to participate in clinical trials and develop local research and educational projects. With the support of our physicians and patients, our research coordinators facilitate multiple national studies that significantly help advance the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular care. If you would like more information about our research group, please review our “Research Services” brochure or call the research staff at (605) 718-2610.

Why is a clinical research study important?
Companies research new treatments and medicines in hopes of offering a better standard of treatment for patients. All new medicines and treatment techniques must go through research before being released to the general public. Clinical research studies determine which treatment and medicines are effective. They assist in helping to find new and improved ways to help people. Most of the mediations and treatments used today were first introduced to participants in a research study.

What benefits will I receive for participating in a study?
People who participate in studies make a substantial contribution to the discovery of new and improved treatments to help others in the future. During the study, you may receive testing and medicines at no cost. Some studies may offer financial compensation. Please ask the study coordinator about the benefits of each study.

Most advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease are made possible by the willingness of individuals to participate in research studies. During a clinical research study, participants volunteer to receive investigational treatments under the close supervision of physicians and Black Hills Research Group staff. The studies are sponsored by independent pharmaceutical companies or by government agencies to help show benefits of investigational drugs. All clinical research studies are overseen by the FDA and by the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ensure your rights as a patient are fully protected, and that unnecessary risks are not being taken.

Clinical studies need a variety of people to volunteer. As a participant, you are helping the development of medical therapies and treatments. Participation requirements vary for each study. However even if we do not have a study enrolling patients for which you qualify, we will keep your information and contact you regarding future studies.

Clinical research studies are funded by private agencies or grants to cover the costs to testing and follow-up visits, so there is no cost to you.

People who participate in studies make a substantial contribution to the discovery of new and improved treatments to help others in the future. During the study, you may receive testing and medicines at no cost. Some studies may offer financial compensation Please ask the study coordinator about the benefits of each study.

For more information about Black Hills Cardiovascular Research Group, call 605-718-2610.