Meridian Health


Clinical Trials

Meridian Health and our hospitals are dedicated to the pursuit of clinical research and improving outcomes for patients.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. It is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.

Andrew Elkwood, M.D., FACS and Matthew Kaufman, M.D., FACS, Co-directors, Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, discuss how clinical trials at Meridian Health can benefit residents of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Ashish B. Patel, M.D., discusses a new, non-surgical option to the standard pacemaker. This clinical trial is available at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, the only academic medical center offering the trial in the state of New Jersey.

Denise Johnson Miller, M.D. FACS, Director, Breast Surgery Program, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Meridian Cancer Care, explains the phases of clinical trials and the process of how prescription drugs come to market.

Deborah R. Alpert, M.D. speaks of a new trial available for patients who have had a heart attack, have diabetes or have coronary artery disease. Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT) seeks to examine an existing arthritis medication and determine whether it can help decrease inflammation and future cardiac events in patients.

Learn more about the clinical trials being conducted at our facilities:

•  Cancer Clinical Trials
•  Cardiac Clinical Trials
•  Gynecology Clinical Trials
•  Medicine Clinical Trials
•  Neurology Clinical Trials
•  Psychiatric Clinical Trials
•  Surgery Clinical Trials

Meridian Health is proud to offer a brand new, state-of-the-art Clinical Research Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in order to better serve our clinical trial participants.

What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial (also clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions which can help determine if a medication or a treatment regimen is safe and effective for treating a specific condition or disease. Clinical trials compare the effectiveness of the study medication or treatment against standard, accepted treatment or against a placebo, if no standard treatment exists.

What to expect if admitted to a trial
If you are accepted and consent to participate in a clinical trial, you will be given a structured program to follow. You may have a schedule of tests, doctors' appointments, and treatments. You may also be asked to keep a diary of your experience during this time. It is important to carefully follow directions.

Doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals may be part of your treatment team. Your treatment team may continue to check on you after your trial is over.

Why participate in a clinical trial?
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.

If you have more questions or want to find other trials visit which provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

To learn more about our Clinical Trial Program, download our brochure "Understanding Clinical Research"

To learn more about our current clinical trials, please call 732-776-2953 or e-mail us at