Research Center Profile:
Coastal Carolina Research Center
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Coastal Carolina Research Center is a dedicated research facility located in Mt. Pleasant which is within the greater Charleston, South Carolina metro area.. We were founded in 1997 and are the proud recipients of the Charleston, South Carolina Small Business of the Year for 2000. We provide
access to the clinical research process to thousands of Charleston
Lowcountry citizens who are interested in volunteering and
participating in clinical trials and research studies that focus on
primarily “outpatient” studies in multiple therapeutic areas and
CCRC has established a reputation in the industry for defensible
data and high, rapid enrollment. Our site conducts studies in
multiple therapeutic areas which are amenable to our existing
research population and allows us to gain further interest from
volunteers in the community through strategic recruitment and
advertising. . For these trials we utilize a core group of
physicians of various specialists who serve as Pis and
sub-investigators. Dr. Cynthia B. Strout serves as our medical
director and is a full-time research physician. CCRC's
physicians are very dedicated and believe in extensive patient
interaction in the trials they oversee.
Most Compelling Opportunity
To replace the public’s fear and misconception of Coastal
Carolina Research Center’s work in clinical research, with a full
understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the positive
impact trial results have in the lives of participants and the
world at large.
The Charleston area is a popular destination due to its mild
climate and historic charm. It is the fastest growing metro area in
South Carolina, with a diverse population that has a positive
attitude towards clinical research. Charleston offers beautiful
beaches, championship golf, world-class restaurants, and a wide
variety of conveniently located hotels and bed-and-breakfasts.
Coastal Carolina Research Center's office is located in
"beautiful" Mt. Pleasant and is about 5 minutes away from
the Cooper River Bridge which crosses over into
"historic" Charleston, South Carolina. This office is
readily accessible (5-10 minutes) to two barrier islands, Isle of
Palms & Sullivan's Island, which are amongst the nicer
beaches on the East Coast. This main office is within 15 minutes of
the Charleston International Airport.
Facility descriptions and equipment for both sites are
||Coastal Carolina Research Center
||1156 Bowman Road, Suite 102
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
||5,000 square feet located on 1st floor
||Very accessible and Free parking is available
||Cozy waiting room with reading material available. Wait time
for volunteers is generally just a couple of minutes. A spill over
waiting room is available if needed.
||Large CLIA waived lab is in a perfect location for the flow of
patients and staff.
|Study Coordinator space
||Two large "limited access" spaces are occupied by our
team of nurses, research coordinators, research assistants and
||One large room with access to telephone and high-speed internet
services is able to hold 3 to 4 monitors per day. An additional
private office is available if needed to accommodate > 4
||Large 20 ft x 8 ft. "climate controlled" closet with
keypad entry is on-site.
|Medical Chart Room
||Large 20 ft x 8 ft. "climate controlled" chart room
|Welcome Area / Front Desk
||Staffed by our office manager who meets/greets all visitors and
coordinates the flow of volunteers.
||2 rooms which can be used in multiple ways including volunteer
educational seminars, pre-study and site initiation visits.
|Recruitment & Education office
||This large office houses our Recruitment Coordinators and
||Space for CCRC's President, Medical Director, Director of
Business Development and Office Administrator
||2 small kitchens are on-site.
||Two handicapped accessible restrooms are available within the
|Freezers (-70 degree & -20 degree)
||Yes x 2
||Yes x 2
||Yes x 2|
|Climate Controlled & Secure Drug storage
|ECG Machines (transtelephonic interpretation capability)
||Yes x 2
|Calibrated Weigh Scales (digital and analog)
|Cholestechs / Free Health Screenings
||Yes x 2
|Hemoglobin A1C testing
|High speed DSL internet access
|Wireless Internet Technology
|Analog lines for data transmission
|PC or Labtops for all staff
|MRI / CT access
|Sleep Lab (PSG) access
|Pulmonary Function Testing access
|Lung Diffusion testing access
Includes Primary Care, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Dermatology, OB/GYN, Opthalmology, Psychiatric, Neurology, Urology and Pediatric. Please contact CCRC for details or check out our website at
Dr. Cynthia Strout is Coastal Carolina Research Center’s Medical Director. Dr. Strout is a certified research professional through ACRP/APPI and has 14 years of research experience. She leads our investigator staff which has a combined 50 years of research experience.
Nancy Dinsmore, RN, President and co-founder has 15 years of research experience.
Nathan Morton, Director has worked within the industry for over 8 years.
Mary Ellen Scesney, CCRC serves as Operations Manager and has 15 years of research experience as a Lead Study Coordinator and research instructor.
Coastal Carolina Research Center’s remaining staff consists of:
- 7 Study Coordinators (including 4 RNs)
- 3 Assistant Coordinators
- 3 Recruitment Specialists
- 1 Retention Specialist
- 1 Regulatory Coordinator
- 2 Data Entry Specialists
- 2 Laboratory Personnel
- 1 Dietician
- 1 Diabetic Educator
- 2 Administrator Personnel
The Charleston area is one of the most desirable places to live
in the United States. The population is 63% White, 35% African
American, & 2% Other. Of Charleston's total Metro
Population of 600,000, there is a core of informed, experienced
study patients. Charleston is the "Medical Hub" of the
lower part of South Carolina due to the Medical University of South
Carolina. Our patient population includes a pediatric, adolescent,
adult and a burgeoning elderly population. In July 2006, AARP
published that Charleston was amongst the five (5) best cities for
retirees to live in throughout the United States.
Coastal Carolina Research Center (CCRC) currently uses Clinasyst
as our Clinical Trials Management System. Within this confidential
database we maintain the names of over 17,000 Lowcountry citizens who
have either participated in a clinical trial or have submitted
interest in volunteering for clinical trials with CCRC.
This database will allow us to query within minutes by age,
gender, ethnic group and medical diagnosis or history to allow for
quick feasibility surveys. Our database closely resembles the
general demographic information of the Charleston metro area and we
intend to continue to seek clinical study opportunities that would
benefit our entire population.
Our research demographic breakdown is as
- < 17 years of age -- recruitment provided by pediatric
- 18--29 age group: 10% of database
- 30--39 age group: 13% of database
- 40--49 age group: 21% of database
- 50--59 age group: 26% of database
- 60--69 age group: 20% of database
- > 70 years of age: 10% of database
- CCRC can utilize and has worked with 13 different Central
- CCRC is experienced with 20 different electronic data capture
(EDC) systems; 9 different IVRS systems, 11 different Central Labs,
3 eDiary vendors and 6 central recruitment vendors.
- CCRC has established a reputation for being an excellent
- CCRC typically meets or exceeds enrollment goals.
- CCRC can usually complete regulatory documents and contract
review within in 48 hours.
If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical
trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from
the research center will then follow up with you.