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Research Center Profile:
AdvanceMed Research

Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Genetic Disease
Internal Medicine
Neurology
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Ophthalmology
Rheumatology
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

MISSION STATEMENT

We at AdvanceMed Research have a strong commitment to raising awareness about clinical research, and place a high value on integrity, innovation, and teamwork. We are dedicated to conducting the highest level of clinical research while providing quality patient care, preserving patient dignity, and maintaining patent’s rights.

AdvanceMed Research’s professional staff is comprised of a certified PI, and research coordinators that are dedicated to performing high quality clinical research and providing a superior level of patient care and education.

Who is AdvanceMed Research?
AdvanceMed Research is a professionally managed multi-specialty clinical research center committed to providing high quality, efficient clinical research services to the Pharmaceutical, Device and Biotechnology industries. After much success in completing several clinical trials in Urology in 1989, AdvanceMed moved to larger quarters with their own exam rooms, monitor room and lab. It was not long after that move that the research facility needed more room for growth with over 30 studies conducted each year and five full-time staff members another move was apparent.

Our new facility is located at 2 Princess Road, Suite J, in Lawrenceville, NJ. AdvanceMed Research is under the vision and leadership of Gary S. Karlin, M.D. AdvanceMed Research has evolved into a leading multi-specialty clinical research facility that conducts Phase II-IV research studies and Phase I PK studies.

Our core proficiencies are in conducting Phase II-IV clinical trials for the pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic industries. We also offer clinical research consulting in the design and development of protocols, source documents, case report forms, post marketing studies, pharmaco-economic studies, clinical utilization, and outcome studies.

Our staff is also known for its speaking presentations and contributions to articles sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies.

AdvanceMed Research has worked with many large and small pharmaceuticals & biotechnology companies, as well as contract research organizations nationwide and worldwide. Our success begins with the selection of projects. We will not commit to a study unless we feel certain we can successfully meet or exceed enrollment.

Our fully trained staff of professional research coordinators has established and maintained standards as a leader in clinical research since the company's founding in 1998. All AdvanceMed Research coordinators are computer trained and experienced in electronic data submission and web-based access trials. We are trained in a number of EDC systems; Inform, e-Clinical, DATATRAK, e-Trials, Quick Study Capture, Health Decisions, Intralinks, & Phase Forward. Our professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to accommodate the needs of the patient and the study.

Clinical Research Experience

Our Research Interests and Expertise
Urology:

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
Prostate Cancer localized and advanced Male Voiding Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction
Quality of life issues
Overactive Bladder
Bladder Cancer
Incontinence
Female Voiding Dysfunction
Female Sexual Dysfunction
Infectious Urology
Rapid/Premature Ejaculation
Sexual Dysfunction
Semen assessment Studies

Other:
Smoking Cessation
Weight Loss
Hypertension
Hypercholesterolemia
Diabetes
Osteoporosis
Oral Contraceptives
Menopausal & Post-menopausal symptoms
Multiple sclerosis
Obesity
Headaches
Parkinson’s Disease
Alzheimer’s

Diagnostics/CLINIC EQUIPMENT

  • CLIA
  • Freezer (-20o Celsius) & (-70o Celsius)
  • Centrifuges
  • Emergency Cart (with BLS certified staff)
  • Dry Ice
  • Drug Storage - limited access, temperature monitored
  • Diagnostic Bladder Ultrasound
  • Refrigerated Drug Storage
  • Transrectal Ultrasound
  • 12 lead EKG
  • Cystoscopy
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • Rigiscan
  • Biofeedback
  • Urodyn 1000 Uroflow
  • Brachytherapy
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge (0°C to +40°C)

We have access to many other diagnostics such as:
Ultrasound
MRI
CT Scan
Mammography
Diagnostic X-Ray
Bone Mineral Density- DEXA scan
Whole Body Bone Scan
PET Scan

Specifications

  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • QA audit tools and procedures for FDA compliance
  • Competency documentation tools for clinical trials staff
  • Training in the clinical trials industry (GCP & ICH) and FDA regulations for clinical trials staff
  • IATA Certified staff
  • Human Participant Protections Education for all Staff
  • Human Subject Assurance Training for all staff
  • Ongoing review of clinical trial regulations and system adaptation
  • Prompt turn-around of regulatory documents, contracts, and budgets
  • One person contact for all study-related issues
  • Subject recruitment plan and execution
  • Computerized software for daily tracking of patient activity
  • Accurate results in a timely manner with data integrity
  • Adult pharmacokinetics capability (-70° freezer)
  • Well trained coordinator staff currently 2 Certified Coordinators and a Certified PI
  • Large detailed database subdivided to recruit subjects
  • Use of a central IRB which facilitates timely approvals
  • Great clinic locations (easy access to Highways, Turnpike, Train, & Airports)
  • Demographically, ethnically diverse patient population
  • High speed internet access with wireless capabilities
  • High enrollment of past studies
  • Extended hours 6 AM - 7 PM, Monday to Friday
  • Open Saturday as needed

Facility Description

AdvanceMed Research is centrally located in NJ and only minutes from Princeton, Hamilton, Trenton and Windsor. We are less than 60 minutes from two major airports, and 10 minutes from the Amtrak train station.

Our open, spacious office includes:

  • 4 exam rooms    
  • TV room    
  • Conference room    
  • 2/3 Monitor rooms    
  • Wireless internet    
  • Lab

Investigator Experience

Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator: Dr. Gary S. Karlin, MD, CPI, Board Certified Urologist, with over 25 years of research experience.

Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator: Dr. Russell M. Freid, MD, Board Certified Urologist, with over 14 years of research experience.

Sub-investigator: Dr. Jarad S. Fingerman, DO, with over 8 years of research experience

Sub-investigator: Dr. Michael S. Cohen, MD, with over 5 years of research experience

Principal Investigator/Sub-investigator: Dr. Arnold Witte, MD, Board Certified Neurologist, with over 5 years of research experience.

Staff Expertise

Meet the Staff

Julie Prettyman, RN, BSN, CCRC, Director, Julie is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with over 25 years of clinical research experience. She has extensive experience in all facets of the clinical trial process including management, regulatory, budgeting and IRB processes. Julie has been published in industry publications, and serves as a guest speaker for multiple pharmaceutical companies as well as numerous other associations.

Patricia Burke de Garcia, RS, Patricia joined AdvanceMed Research in 2010. She has been working in the medical field since 1981. She has worked for companies such as, Hahnemann University Hospital, Princeton University’s Medical department, Blue Cross BlueShield and more recently Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She works preparing regulatory documents and coordinating patient care.

Theresa Ryan, RN, Theresa became a research coordinator in 1998 and has conducted several trials. She joined the Staff of AdvanceMed Research in 2011 after working with Premier Urology Associates for 33 years. She is currently managing our data and assists with study specific procedures as needed.

Gretchen Palacios, CRC, Gretchen is new to AdvanceMed Research but not to clinical trials. Since 1999, she has conducted various Phase III-IV studies with a multi-specialty practice including obstetrics and gynecology. Gretchen’s medical assistant background helps her provide excellent patient care. She is currently pursuing her RN degree, and plans to take her research certification in the near future.

Mary Jane DiFresca, Mary Jane’s involvement in clinical research began in 2004 when she completed Certification in Drug Development and Clinical Research. She has joined AdvanceMed Research as Patient Recruitment Specialist. Through face to face and telephone recruitment she is dedicated to informing potential subjects the benefits associated with clinical trials. Prior to joining our clinical team, she was a market research consultant in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years. This is where she developed a broad knowledge in many therapeutic areas.

Melissa Ciatteo, CCRC, Melissa has been a research coordinator since 2003. She has conducted over 75 trials from Phase I-IV. Melissa is able to handle every aspect of protocol requirements from specimen collection to close-out. Melissa earned her credentials as a certified clinical research coordinator in 2010. Melissa develops the necessary rapport with patient’s for optimum recruitment and retention. She is currently studying for her phlebotomy certification.

Patient Demographics

Our active patient base includes over 20,000 individuals distributed among both sexes and a wide range of ages. Furthermore, due to the location of our practice, we treat patients from both inner city and suburban populations.

Other Information

We are able to utilize a central IRB and a central laboratory, but have the support of our local IRB and Lab when needed.

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