Research Department

First Urology is committed to providing world-class service in every aspect of patient care. 

First Urology Clinical Research offers two locations for patient convenience, which are located at our main office in Jeffersonville, IN and our Dupont Square office in Louisville, KY.  Both locations include separate patient waiting rooms, exam rooms and conference areas. The center offers on-site CT scans, ultrasonography, prostate ultrasonography with biopsy and cytoscopy, urodynamics and bladder scans.

The medical director, James L. Bailen, M.D., F.A.C.S., CPI, is board certified in urology and began conducting clinical research in 1995. Debbie Johnson, CCRC, is the Director of Research. The facility has been involved in multiple phase II and phase III trials for the study of:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Osteoporosis secondary to androgen deprivation therapy
  • Overactive bladder
  • Prostate cancer treatment and prevention
  • Prostate intraepithelial neoplasia
  • Stress and urge
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections

For answers to frequently asked questions about clinical trials, visit

To learn more about First Urology Clinical Research, contact Debbie Johnson, CCRC, Director of Research, at (812) 206-8161 or today.

Current Studies


On therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)? Visiting the bathroom at least 8 times a day and waking 2 or more times at night to urinate?

First Urology is participating in a clinical research study testing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug in men on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) therapy, experiencing overactive bladder symptoms. If you are receiving treatment for BPH and visiting the bathroom frequently, you may be eligible to take part in our clinical research study. 

The COURAGE Study:

  • Men 45+ years of age.
  • Use the bathroom at least 8 times per day.
  • Wake to urinate 2 or more times each night.
  • Experience a need to urinate immediately. 
  • On therapy for BPH.

If you feel you may qualify and wish to participate, please contact our coordinator.

The Apollo Study

Overactive Bladder (OAB) with Urinary Incontinence (UI) occurs when you cannot control the muscle contractions of your bladder and urine leaks unexpectedly. It’s a condition that can cause extreme inconvenience on your everyday life.

First Urology is participating in a study for OAB. The Apollo Study, which is enrolling now, is researching a new investigational drug for OAB. 

You May Be Eligible for This Study If You:

  • Are 18 to 75 years old
  • Have had symptoms of OAB with Urinary Incontinence for a period of at least 6 months
  • Had an inadequate response or limiting side effects to previous treatments
Participants will receive study related care at no cost. 
If you feel you may qualify and wish to participate, please contact our coordinator.