October 4, 2013

The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, WVCTSI, has awarded a $50,000 pilot grant for a collaborative research project between the WVU Charleston Division and the University of Kentucky with support by CAMC Institute.

The study deals with treatment methods for gallbladder dyskinesia, a disease where the gallbladder does not completely empty causing nausea and pain in the abdomen.

"Thirty percent of all cholecysytectomies performed in the U.S. each year are performed for a diagnosis of biliary dyskinesia, and the patients are selected for surgery based on the results of the CCKHIDA scan," said Bryan K. Richmond, MD, MBA, FACS, professor of surgery, section chief – general surgery, West Virginia University/Charleston Division. "The reality remains though that high quality data supporting this practice is scarce. This trial seeks to provide this data."

The researchers will explore the treatment methods of gallbladder removal vs. a non-operative treatment group of patients who will receive diet counseling and a prescription for gastrointestinal disorders.

The research will provide important new insight, as only one trial examining this issue has been published to date, which consisted of only 21 patients.

The award is the first received of its kind from WVCTSI to support pilot projects at the WVU-Charleston Division and CAMC.

The WVCTSI was created in 2008 to address the health challenges facing West Virginians and our neighbors in the Appalachian region. A partnership by West Virginia University, WVU's Health Science
Center, WVU Healthcare, West Virginia United Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine created an infrastructure to facilitate high quality clinical and translational research.

WVCTSI is confident that important research projects like Dr. Richmond's will advance our knowledge of treatment of these disorders and help to improve the health of area citizens.

For more information about WVCTSI, see wvctsi.org.

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