Our Research Program


The mission of the St. Luke’s CF Center of Idaho research program is to advance the science of CF by offering and conducting clinical studies according to principles of good clinical practice.


We will seek and provide quality clinical studies to our patients, and conduct them in a safe and ethical manner.

Our Research Program:

The St. Luke’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho is an accredited core care center and a proud member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Development Network (TDN). One of the advantages of being a part of the TDN is that our doctors are aware of the latest treatments available and are involved in research to improve CF care. We enthusiastically participate in clinical research aimed at broadening the understanding of cystic fibrosis, at developing new therapies, and at increasing both the life span and the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis.

It is our goal to invite everyone who qualifies for a study to participate in that study. We also welcome qualified referrals from other centers, and will refer qualified subjects to other centers as needed. Please contact our research coordinators for more information on referrals.

Our research coordinators attend every clinic in order to meet with clinic attendees to discuss updates in CF research.

Our team includes investigators:

  • Perry Brown, M.D.
  • Karen Miller, MD
  • Elizabeth Rulon, M.D.
  • Henry R. Thompson, M.D.
  • Benjamin Tippets, D.O.

And research coordinators:

Dixie Durham, MHS, CCRC at durhamd@slhs.org or phone 381-7334

Lejla Tucakovic, BS at tucakovl@slhs.org or phone 381-4717

Our research team also includes clinical staff who are research trained, and includes respiratory therapists, nurses, and a dietitian.

The research program at the CF Center of Idaho is a part of the St. Luke’s Health Systems Research Department. Human Subject Protection is overseen by the St. Luke’s Health System Institutional Review Board or an approved central Institutional Review Board.

More information on research at St. Luke’s can be found at www.stlukesonline.org/research.