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Dean Hainsworth, MD
Clinical Research Center Director

Dean Hainsworth, MD, is director of clinical research for the University of Missouri Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and MU School of Medicine. A professor of ophthalmology, Dr. Hainsworth oversees the clinical research program for the school's faculty members, fellows, residents and students. He also reaches out to departments, industries and investigators who can benefit from participating in clinical research programs, and he is actively involved in clinical research educational activities.

Dr. Hainsworth received a medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and also completed an internship and residency training at Kentucky. He completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at Duke University Medical Center and joined the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine faculty in 1996. Dr. Hainsworth’s research focuses on retinal disease and treatment, especially among diabetic patients.
Elizabeth Parks, PhD
Clinical Research Center Associate Director

Noted nutrition researcher Elizabeth Parks, PhD, joined the University of Missouri in 2013 as a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, and a professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Clinical Research Center


University of Missouri Clinical Research Center
Phone: (573) 882-4894
Fax: (573) 884-4779
Address: University of Missouri Health Care, One Hospital Drive, Room N508, Columbia, Missouri 65212

Center Administrators

Dean Hainsworth, MD
Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center

Elizabeth Parks, PhD
Associate Director of the Clinical Research Center

Tracey Summerfield
Manager of Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials Registry

The registry connects community members with information about research supported by the University of Missouri Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICATS). You can register to learn more about clinical trials that might be right for you, sign up to receive news about the most promising biomedical research at MU, or request an expert to speak to your community group or organization.

Whether you are healthy, a patient, or the caregiver of a family member or friend, you can register to receive information about participating in clinical trials at MU. To learn more about clinical trial availability and eligibility, please contact Kathy Donovan, research participant advocacy coordinator, by calling (573) 884-1925, 1-888-280–5002, or sending email to