Research Center Profile:
Emerald Coast Research Associates

Center Overview

Emerald Coast Research Associates (ECRA) is a privately owned, multi-therapeutic outpatient research center based in a private practice conveniently located on East 23rd Street in Panama City Florida. We have a dedicated team taking trials from conception to completion. We strive to provide the highest quality of patient care while diligently providing sponsors with the highest standards of quality data. Our staff offers creative and innovative solutions to patient recruitment, enrollment and retention. Our team of coordinators has over 30 years combined professional experience conducting pharmaceutical research in the therapeutic areas of pulmonology, gastroenterology, cardiology, urology, infectious disease, interventional cardiology and rheumatology. We utilize a central IRB. ECRA consistently meets and exceeds sponsor enrollment goals.

Clinical Research Experience

ECRA Principal Investigators and staff have experience in the following areas:

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Influenza
  • Gram Negative Sepsis
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Oncology
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pneumonia
  • Rheumatology
  • Weight Management
  • Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Nosocomial Pneumonia

Facility Description

ECRA is an outpatient facility located in the heart of Panama City, Florida. We have access to Gulf Coast Hospital Emergency Room, which is conveniently located less than 1/10th mile from our site. ECRA maintains an in house crash cart, Advanced Cardiac and Basic Life Support trained personnel and a 24 hour on call pager cell phone used exclusively for research.

  • ECRA provides monitor areas convenient to DSL, fax machines, phones, and copiers.
  • All study medication is maintained using double lock storage.
  • On site CLIA certified laboratory equipped with both refrigerated and non refrigerated centrifuge, -30° C Freezer, spirometry and an EKG.
  • ECRA has access to Ultra Sound, X-Ray, MRI, CT, EGD and colonoscopy testing facilities.
  • ECRA provides secure record storage.
  • ECRA staff is proficient in serial spirometry, Pharmacokinetic testing, holter monitoring, electronic data capture, electronic diaries and IV infusions.

Investigator Experience

Timothy G. Moriarty, MD, FCCP
Dr. Moriarty is board certified in Internal, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been serving Panama City since 1998. Since 1991, Dr. Moriarty has participated in over 85 clinical trials with 27 major sponsors. He has also served as conference lecturer for Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Abbott, Glaxo Wellcome, AstraZeneca and the Bay County Medical Society in the areas of Community Acquired Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Lung Disease, and Asthma. Dr. Moriarty serves, when appropriate, as Sub Investigator. He became an ACRP certified Principal Investigator via examination September 2010.

Maciej Tumiel, MD
Dr. Tumiel is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Tumiel has served as Principal Investigator of over multiple Constipation Irritable Bowel Syndrome studies while working with ECRA and has been serving Panama City as a Gasteroenterologist in private practice since 1995. Dr. Tumiel's clinical research experience includes trials involving laboratory identification and medical management of Hepatitis C.

William Tony McKenzie, MD
Tony McKenzie, MD is board certified in Internal, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. Dr. McKenzie joined the Emerald Coast Research Associates team in 2009 as a Sub Investigator and continues this role on multiple pulmonary studies. Dr. McKenzie's previous research experience includes a molecular study on AIDS and a case study researching the link between hypothyroxinemia and cerebral palsy both at the University of South Alabama and an in vitro study investigating the HIV and intracellular DHEA conducted at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Dr. McKenzie has been serving Panama City since 2005.

Binita V. Amin, MD
Binita V. Amin, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She has been serving Panama City since 2006 and joined the ECRA team in 2010. She is participating as a Sub Investigator on pulmonary studies. Since 1999 Dr Amin has participated in 23 clinical studies with 12 major sponsors. She also has research publications on allergic rhinitis and asthma interrelationships, latex allergy in a healthy infant, and conversion disorder presenting as asthma and laryngeal edema.

Staff Expertise

Amanda Pearson Currie, BA, CCRC
Director of Clinical Development
Ms. Currie began her clinical research experience in 1996. She completed The Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at The Schools of Medicine and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University. During her tenure as a Research Associate at the University of Maryland and as a Research Coordinator at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, she participated in nine studies in the areas of claudication, oncology, and weight management. She has worked as the Panama City Site Director for Tampa Bay Medical Research and as the Director of Clinical Research for The Clinical Research Center of Northwest Florida. Since 2001, she has participated in over 50primarily phase II and III trials in the therapeutic areas of Asthma, COPD, Overactive Bladder, Infectious Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ms. Currie received her clinical research coordination via certification from ACRP via examination in 2000.

Laura Liu, RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Mrs. Liu has been a registered nurse since 2006 and a clinical research coordinator since 2011. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Kansas State University and received her nursing degree from Southwestern Illinois College. She has hospital experience in ER, Medical/Surgical, and Mental Health units and has also worked in long term care and home health. She became a certified clinical research coordinator in 2014 through ACRP and has completed numerous GCP training courses. Throughout her research career she has been involved in many studies with indications for Asthma, COPD, Smoking Cessation, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Psychiatric, Urogenital, Weight Control, and Vaccines.

Patient Demographics

Panama City is located in Bay County which has a population of 150,317.

There are 8 counties surrounding Bay County including Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton and Washington.

Panama City’s ethnic profile can be divided into 84% Caucasian, 11% African American, 2% Asian, and 3% Hispanic.

Other Information

ECRA staff members and Principal Investigators have worked with the following sponsors:

  • Abbott
  • Altana
  • Aventis
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Basilea
  • BioMark
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Dey
  • DuPont Pharmaceuticals
  • Forest
  • Genentech
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Lederle
  • Novartis
  • OrthoBiotech
  • Pearl Therapeutic
  • Peninsula
  • Pfizer
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Sepracor
  • Sky
  • SmithKlineBeechham
  • Sunovion
  • TAP Holdings
  • Theravance

ECRA staff and Principal Investigators have experience with the following CROs:

  • CareStat
  • Cato
  • Chiltern
  • Clinical Trial Management Services
  • Covance
  • ICON
  • Omnicare
  • Paragon
  • Pharmanet
  • Parexel
  • PPD Development
  • Quintiles, Inc.
  • Target
  • US Micron

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