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Charleston Research Institute

Highly diverse program dedicated to finding new, better, and more cost-effective methods of providing healthcare to our nation’s Veterans.

Charleston Research Institute (CRI) is a South Carolina nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of VA research. CRI participates in research collaborations among Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston VAMC), Medical University of South Carolina, industry sponsors, federal agencies, and other nonprofit funding sources.

Charleston Research Institute is committed to fostering a vibrant research environment at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Since its incorporation in 1997, CRI has represented over $11 million in funding for Charleston VAMC research and has supported more than 100 research studies.


Demographic Data

  • Start year clinical research1997
  • Phases of clinical studiesPhase II, Phase III, Phase IV
  • Types of studiesDrugs, Medical Devices, Vaccines
  • PopulationsAdult 18-64 yrs, Senior 65 yrs and over
  • Type of siteHospital
  • # of investigators100+
  • Number of studies last year67
  • Days openMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Extended office hoursYes
  • Overnight facilitiesYes
  • Dry iceYes
  • Blinded pharmacistYes
  • Dedicated monitoring spaceYes
  • Internet access for the monitorYes
  • Onsite laboratoryYes
  • Central laboratoryYes
  • Infusion capabilityYes
  • Shipping optionsFedEx, UPS
  • # of days to turn around regulatory documents30-60
  • Type of IRB used by this siteCentral, Local
  • How often does your local IRB meet?Monthly
  • Appropriate storage facilities for productYes
  • Able to appropriately store Schedule II drugsYes
  • # days to turn around budget and contract30-60