A comprehensive medical research center
Providence has positioned itself as a regional leader in clinical research through creation and support of Providence Medical Research Center in Spokane, Washington.
Located at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Providence Medical Research Center is the only physician-led comprehensive medical research center in the Inland Northwest. The Spokane Medical Research Center coordinates a diverse spectrum of research studies, ranging from basic cellular science to new treatment studies, via federally-funded programs and industry-sponsored drug and device trials.
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho residents have access to latest advances in medical research, via Providence-affiliated clinicians and physician investigators, in disease specialties including heart and vascular diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition, bowel disease, cancer and more.
Our work supports and advances the Mission of Providence by advancing knowledge essential to improving care for all - especially the poor and the vulnerable.
Research funding information
Providence Medical Research Center can help new investigators find external funding to support their research. Visit our funding pages to view specific and general funding announcements, learn about the grant submission process and find out what support services we offer.
Providence clinical research services
Providence Medical Research Center is dedicated to promote research with health care providers, scholars and academic partners in the Inland Northwest. We offer education and administrative support services to investigators who are interested in conducting medical research, including:
- Grant Application and Management
- Study Budget Development
- Protocol Development
- Regulatory and Ethics Support
- Research Coordination
- Database Development
- Data Management
- Research Training and Credentialing
If your research will take part in any of the following Providence Health Care facilities, the first step is to complete the Intake Form below. Our staff will contact with you for next steps.
Biostatistics and Methodology Core
The Biostatistics and Methodology Core (BMC) provides a variety of services for the Eastern Washington region, including data analysis and consulting. Our methodologists also support the development of analytically sound grant submissions and protocols.
Biostatisticians, bioinformaticists, data analysts and other methodologists should be consulted as early as possible in the course of a research project. The BMC provides one free hour of consultation. To request a consult or service, or to learn more, complete our intake form or contact us.
What we do
- Data analysis
- Identifying and powering study outcomes
- Calculating sample size and enrollment goals
- Advising study design
- Advising survey development
- Handling missing data
- Co-authoring publications
- Statistical programming, including Mplus, R, Stata, SAS, SPSS
- Developing quantitative figures
- Limited database development services
- Clinical trial design and analysis
Sterling McPherson, Ph.D., Associate Director for Analytics & Discovery
Dr. McPherson is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and has secured more than $30 million in grants and contracts as PI or Co-I from NIH (8 different institutes/centers) and 14 other agencies. He is involved in multiple research projects, ranging from basic human toxicology to health economics. He has been part of more than 20 randomized controlled trials over the last eight years; was chosen to become an NIH Fellow of the Summer Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials; has published more than 70 peer-reviewed research articles; and is a grant reviewer for the NIH and five other sponsors. Dr. McPherson sits on the Editorial Board of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Addiction. Actively involved in international research, with collaborations across seven countries, his primary content specialties are psychopharmacology and addiction science, and kidney health. As a methodologist, his specialty areas (along with conventional statistic) are longitudinal random coefficient modeling and finite mixtures.
Bob Short, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Dr. Short has worked as a biostatistician for the BMC for 18 years and specializes in methodology related to experimental psychology and behavioral sciences. Previously the statistical editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Dr. Short has been a research professor at Washington State University since 1993 and has served as the Director of the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, the Research Director of Eastern State Hospital and the Assistant Curator of the Transuranium and Uranium Registries in Spokane.
Kenn Daratha, Ph.D.,Bio-Informatics Scientist
An Associate Professor at Washington State University in the College of Nursing. Dr. Daratha specializes in evidence informing clinical practice, informatics, biostatistics, research methods and epidemiology.
Brad Dieter, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Dr. Dieter specializes in survival analysis and study design. His current work focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of diabetic kidney disease, and he is the recipient of an Institute of Translational Health Sciences Translational Scholars award.
Cami Jones, Ph.D., Data Analyst
An entymologist by training, Dr. Jones specializes in electronic medical record queries and statistical programming for a large registry.