Welcome to Via Christi

Ascension Via Christi is one of the Midwest's leading sites for advanced clinical research, conducting clinical trials through Via Christi Research, National Cancer Institute trials through Cancer Research of Kansas and preclinical studies through its Orthopaedic Research Institute.

Via Christi Research, since 1988, has conducted hundreds of drug and device trials for dozens of global clients, providing Kansans access to otherwise unavailable medical options. Its 12-bed Clinical Research Unit is dedicated to inpatient and Phase I trials. In 2004 it became one of the nation's few clinical research institutes to achieve ISO 9001-2000 certification – a prestigious, internationally recognized standard of consistent quality.

Based at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Cancer Research of Kansas recruits participants for investigational studies designed to determine new ways to treat, prevent, detect, diagnose and control cancer. Patients also are offered opportunities to join other studies looking at the psychological impact of cancer and ways to improve quality of life for cancer patients.

The Orthopaedic Research Institute conducts applied research and development for orthopaedics and other medical specialties, with a strong emphasis on the design, development and testing of orthopedic implants, surgical instruments, and related hardware/software systems.

Via Christi Research

Medical research never stops, with new breakthroughs discovered nearly every month. Scientists constantly work to treat symptoms and to understand the root cause of different medical conditions, how to develop better drugs and how new devices can help the body in amazing ways.

Via Christi Research brings those innovations to Kansas, expanding options for physicians and patients. With 26 years of experience skillfully conducting clinical trials, Via Christi Research is nationally recognized for its work with depression, schizophrenia, HIV, heart conditions, arthritis, seizures and more.

Via Christi Research conducts studies in:

  • Acute care
  • Alzheimer’s Disease/memory
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Critical care
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroenterology
  • HIV
  • Infectious disease
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat)
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology/arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Urology
Via Christi Research began in 1988 as the Center for Phase I Research in Psychiatry, garnering attention from numerous global pharmaceutical corporations for quality conduct of clinical trials. In 1993 Via Christi Research diversified into HIV trials, and today studies interventions for heart, stroke, epilepsy, arthritis, lung conditions, diabetes, infectious diseases and more. Years of dedicated focus conducting clinical trials have honed our skills, resulting in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and hundreds of pharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations.

Via Christi Research publications

Click the links below to view publications from Via Christi Research scientists:

Stephen Helmer PhD >
Annie Harvey PhD >
Beryl Silkey ScM >
Toni Sadler PA-C

Contact Via Christi Research

1100 N St Francis,
Suite 300
Wichita, KS 67214

(316) 291-4774