Research and Clinical Trials

About Us

As part of our mission to provide comprehensive and state of the art care, all IUI providers 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

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 contact us via email at or call 208-639-4938.

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 served as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts for 23 years and enjoys running, backpacking, and theatre.

MistyMisty Pichardo, BS, CCRC, NCPT

Email:, Contact: (208) 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 since 2004. She became a member of the research team in 2011. She is a certified clinical research coordinator through ACRP as well as a certified phlebotomist with experience in Phase II, Phase III and Phase IV studies. Along with providing patient care, Misty is actively involved in patient recruitment and administrative duties including upkeep of regulatory materials, budgets and contracts. Raised in Pocatello, Misty has 4 children with her husband and enjoys attending her children’s extracurricular activities, spending time in the Idaho mountains and playing board games.

Stephanie LuckieStephanie Luckie, BS

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Stephanie has been with IUI since 2018. She has worked in several departments throughout IUI. She obtained her Bachelor of Science of Boise State University and has been involved in healthcare since 2016. She became part of the Research Team in 2020. Along with providing patient care, Stephanie is actively involved in patient recruitment and administrative duties. Born and raised in the Treasure Valley, Stephanie enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and backpacking. She also enjoys learning about her Basque culture and being involved with the local Basque community.