Research and Clinical Trials

About Us

As part of our mission to provide comprehensive and state of the art care, IUI participates in clinical trials. Our research team works with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and medical technology companies in many phases of drug and device research. Research at IUI is conducted according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and in compliance with all federal regulations. Our team maintains membership and certification through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). The Research Team at IUI is committed to providing our patients with compassionate, timely, personal care.

About Clinical Trials

Every new drug and device must go through an extensive process to achieve Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Phase I trials investigate the safety of a drug in a small number of healthy volunteers. In Phase II trials, the drug is tested in a small number of patients that have the diagnosis the medication is designed to treat. Phase II research helps determine a tolerable, safe and effective dose of the drug. Phase III trials involve larger numbers of patients with the condition/disease and are to further prove safety and efficacy. Phase IV trials occur post FDA approval for a variety of reasons, including addition of an indication or head to head comparisons.

Benefits of Participation

Participation in a clinical trial may have many advantages, including:

  • Access to the latest treatment before it is widely available
  • Compensation for your time and travel related to your research appointments
  • Close monitoring of your medical condition
  • Advancement of medical therapy for patients like yourself

Participation in a clinical trial may have some drawbacks as well, including:

  • Treatment may not benefit your condition
  • May require more frequent visits to the clinic
  • Unanticipated or undesired side effects from the investigational product

Becoming a Participant

The Research Team will provide you with the informed consent form (ICF) packet for your review. The ICF provides all the details of the study, including the drug or device, risks and benefits, compensation, tests, procedures, etc. If you choose to participate, you will then be screened for the study. At this visit the Research staff and the principal investigator will conduct procedures as mandated by the study protocol. If you qualify, you will continue with study visits. You may withdraw from participation at any time.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Research or a particular study, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 208-639-4938 and ask for the Research Department.

Our Staff

Joseph H. Williams, MD, CPI

Dr. Williams is our lead physician involving clinical trials. He is a board certified urologist. Dr. Williams received his medical training the U.S. Navy. He has the distinction of being one of few Certified Principal Investigators in the State of Idaho. He has extensive research expertise and knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations pertaining to Research. He serves on many boards and committees in the Treasure Valley, including the Idaho State Board of Medicine. He serves as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts and enjoys running, backpacking, and theatre.

TannaTanna Morris, CCRC, NCPT

Email:, Contact: 639-4884

Tanna has been with IUI since 2007. She has worked in several departments throughout IUI, gaining experience and knowledge of urology practices. Tanna became part of the Research Team in 2009. She is a certified clinical research coordinator through ACRP and is certified phlebotomist. Involved in patient care and maintenance of regulatory documents, she also maintains budgets and contracts for the Research Department. Born and raised in the Treasure Valley, Tanna is a devoted wife and mother. She enjoys refinishing furniture and spending time with family.

MistyMisty Pichardo, BS, CCRC, NCPT

Email:, Contact: 639-4946

Misty has been with IUI since 2010. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Idaho State University and has been involved in healthcare for over ten years. She became a member of the Research Team in 2011. She is a member of the ACRP and is a certified phlebotomist. Along with providing patient care and maintaining study files, Misty is actively involved in patient recruitment and advertising. Raised in Pocatello, Idaho, Misty enjoys painting ceramics, baking, and spending time with her husband and children.