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Research Center Profile:
Florida Research Network, LLC

Center Information

Kurt Malphurs
Director of Clinical Trials
Florida Research Network, LLC
6800 NW 9th Blvd, Suite 1
Gainesville, FL 32605
USA
352-333-0939
352-333-3936 (fax)
kurtm@flrnetwork.com
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dermatology
Devices
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Gastroenterology
Hematology
Immunology
Internal Medicine
Musculoskeletal
Nephrology
Neurology
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Pharmacology/Toxicology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Sleep
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

Florida Research Network, LLC (FRN) is a dedicated full time research facility located in Gainesville Florida. FRN is set up for conducting large complex clinical research studies. This site is staffed with experienced Principal Investigators and numerous Sub-investigators.

Florida Research Network is committed to providing high quality medical care to its patients while collecting accurate research data for its pharmaceutical sponsors.

Clinical Research Experience

Florida Research Network, LLC has successfully completed over 100 Phase II - IV pharmaceutical drug trials and often enrolls more than the minimum number of contracted patients. Having a large number of family practice patients in our database and maintaining a close relationship with many local physicians facilitates enrollment in multiple therapeutic areas.

  • Allergies
  • Anesthesia
  • Antibiotic/ Anti-Infective
  • Asthma
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Birth Control
  • Bronchitis
  • C-Diff.
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Conjestive Heart Failure
  • COPD
  • Cornary Artery Disase
  • Diabetes Type I
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • GERD
  • Growth Hormone
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Immunization
  • Influenza (H1N1)
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain
  • Parkinson's
  • Pneumonia
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rhinitis
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Infections
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Stem Cell Therapy
Medical Devices
  • Artificial Cervical Discs
  • Artificial Lumbar Discs
  • Central Venous Access
  • Coronary Artery Disease Stenting
  • Carotid Artery Stenting
  • Pulmonary Device
  • Stenting for Peripheral Artery Disease

Florida Research Network has worked with the following sponsors and CRO's:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Allergen
  • Alphatec Spine
  • Amgen
  • Angiotech
  • Anulex Technologies
  • Applied Spine
  • Aryx Therapeutics
  • Astellas
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aventis
  • Baxter
  • Bayer
  • Berlex
  • Bertek
  • Biocryst
  • Biovail
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Company
  • CV Therapeutics
  • Cordis
  • Depomed
  • Eisai
  • Eli Lilly
  • Forest
  • Genetech
  • Genmap
  • Genomics Collaborative
  • Gilead
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • GlaxoWellcome
  • Horizon
  • Janssen PRI
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • King Pharmaceuticals
  • Knoll
  • Koss
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • MDS
  • Medimmune
  • Media Pharma
  • Medtronic
  • Merck & Co.
  • Nanotherapeutics
  • McNeil
  • Novartis Pharma
  • Novo Nordisk
  • NuVasive
  • OrthoMcNeil
  • Pfizer / Pharmacia
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Purdue
  • Roche
  • RW Johnson
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Sepracor
  • Schering Plough
  • Spinal Kinetics
  • Takeda
  • TAP
  • Barton Polansky Associates Inc.
  • BRI
  • ClinTrials
  • Covance
  • CPR
  • ICON
  • Ingenix
  • Kendle
  • MDS
  • PPD Development
  • Parexel
  • Quintiles

Facility Description

Florida Research Network's facilities and equipment are essential for conducting large scale, complex clinical trials.

2400 square feet office
Located 1 block from Hospital
8 patient exam rooms
Secure drug areas with continuous temperature monitoring
Private monitoring rooms with phone and high speed internet access
Large, comfortable patient waiting room
IV infusion room

Patient rooms for overnight stays
Blood drawing station
Laboratory processing area

Equipment: (on site)

  • GE Lunar Prodigy DEXA
  • DEXA Body Composition
  • Vascular Ultrasound on site
  • ABI onsite
  • -20° Freezer with 24 hour monitoring
  • -70° Freezer with 24 hour monitoring
  • Medication Refrigerator with 24 hour monitoring
  • 2 EKG machines with interpretation
  • 3 Centrifuge units
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Full Crash Cart (ACLS trained staff)
  • Pulmonary Function Spirometry (computerized)
  • Pulse Doppler
  • Doplex II vascular Doppler
  • Spacelabs ambulatory monitor
  • Rudmose Audiometer
  • Bladder Ultrasound
  • High Capacity Copier
  • Dedicated Fax Lines
  • High Speed interned access ADSL
  • Local Area Network
  • 10 Remote Date Entry Terminals
  • Automated Emergency On Call System
  • Customized source documents for each study

Immediate Access Equipment:

  • Full Lab with microbiologist sub-investigator
  • Radiology; CT MRI Nuclear Med, General Radiology, Ultrasound, Radiologist Sub-Investigator
  • Pharmacy (Laminar Flow Hood)
  • Cardiology Diagnostics; ECHO, Treadmill, Cath etc.
  • Registered Dietician Sub-Investigator

Investigator Experience

Robert Grady Ashley, Jr. M.D.
Principal Investigator
Internal Medicine/Family Practice

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1971
General Surgery Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1971-1972
Family Practice Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1973-1975
Board Certification: American Board of Family Practice, 2006, Re-certified 2013

Bret N. Wiechmann, MD
Principal Investigator
Interventional Radiology

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1991
Radiology Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1992-1996
Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship: University of Florida College of Medicine, 1996-97
Board Certification: Diagnostic radiology, American Board of Radiology

Richard E. Kinard, MD
Principal Investigator
Interventional Radiology

Medical School: University of North Carolina, 1978
Surgical Internship: University of Colorado,1979-1980
Radiology Residency: David Grant USAF Medical Center, 1980-1983 (Affiliated: University of CA, Davis)
Board Certification: Diagnostic radiology, American Board of Radiology

Will F. Williams, III, MD
Principal Investigator
Interventional Radiology

Medical School: M.D., University of Florida 1993-1997
Internship Residency: Medical Center of Central Georgia , Transitional Year-1997-1998
Radiology Residency: University of Florida 1998-2002
Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship: University of Florida 2002-2003
Board Certification: Radiology

 

Patrick R. Carmichael, MD
Principal Investigator
Internal Medicine/Family Practice

Medical School: M.D., University of South Florida 1972-1975
Community Health and Family Medicine Residency: University of Florida, 1975-1978 2002-2003
Board Certification: American Board of Family Practice, Re-certified 2006

Jeffrey S. Snyder, MD
Principal Investigator
Cardiothoracic/Thoracic Surgery

Medical School: M.D., University of South Alabama 1982
General Surgery Internship: Unversity Hospital, Jacksonville, FL 1982-1983
General Surgery Residency: Unversity Hospital, Jacksonville, FL 1987
Cardiac Surgery Residency: University of Florida, 1990
Fellowship: University of Florida
Board Certification: General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery. Fellow, American College of Surgeons

 

Richard R. Proia, MD
Principal Investigator
Cardiothoracic/Thoracic Surgery

Medical School: M.D. Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons 1997
General Surgery Internship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1997-2003
Cardio/Thoracic Surgery Fellowship: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, 2003-2005
Thoracic Surgery Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2003-2004
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, 2004

Michael C. Dillion, MD, FACC
Principal Investigator
Internal Medicine/Cardiology

Medical School: M.D., University of Kentucky 1971-1975
Cardiology Residency: Duke University Medical Center 1980-1981
Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center 1978-1980
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease 1982

Bernard Gros, MD
Principal Investigator
Internal Medicine/Cardiology

Medical School: M.D., Emory University, 1991
Residency: University of Michigan, 1991-1994
Fellowship: University of Michigan, 1994-1997
Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease

James J. O’Meara, III, MD, FACC
Principal Investigator
Internal Medicine/Cardiology

Medical School: M.D., University of Virgina 1984-1988
Internal Medicine Residency: University of North Carolina 1988-1991
Fellowship: Medical Informatics and Decision Analysis, University of North Carolina 1991-1992
Fellowship: Interventional Cardiology, Unversity of North Carolina School of Medicine 1995-1996
Board Certification: Interventional Cardiology 1992

Steven Roark, MD, FACC
Principal Investigator
Internal Medicine/Cardiology

Medical School: M.D., Duke University 1974-1978
Cardiology Fellowship: Duke University 1982-1984
Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease 1986

Brian C. Werbel, MD
Principal Investigator
Cardiology

Medical School: M.D., University of Florida, 1989
Residency: Wake Forest University, 1989-1992
Fellowship: Wake Forest University, 1993-1996
Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease

Matthew S. Ellis, MD
Principal Investigator
Hyperbaric Medicine/ Wound Care/Family Practice

Medical School: M.D., Ross University, 2002
Family Medicine Residency: Spartenburg Regional Medical Center, 2002-2005
Hyperbaric Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006
Board Certification: Family Practice

George Cockey, MD
Principal Investigator
Hospitalist/Internal Medicine

Medical School: M.D., University of Maryland, 1991
Internal Medicine Residency: University of Florida, School of Medicine, 1991-1994
Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Steven Figg, MD
Principal Investigator
Hospitalist/Internal Medicine

Medical School: M.D., University of Maryland, 1992
Internal Medicine Residency: University of Florida, 1992-1995
Board Certification: Internal Medicine

 

Charles Wilson, MD
Principal Investigator
Hospitalist/Internal Medicine

Medical School: M.D., University of Vanderbilt, 1984
Medicine Residency: Shands Hospital, 1987

Sub-Investigators:

Florida Research Network has numerous other sub-investigators used for specialty studies like Radiology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, etc.

Mark Noble, PA-C
Sub- Investigator
Interventional Radiology

Bachelor of Science, Univeristy of Florida 2007
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Florida 2009

Adam Ping, PA-C
Sub- Investigator
Interventional Radiology

Bachelor of Science, Medical Imaging Technology IUPUI 2000
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Florida 2005

Staff Expertise

Florida Research Network, LLC currently employs:

  • 5Full time Study Coordinators
  • 1 Part time study Coordinator
  • 1 Dietician (part time)
  • 2 Full time DEXA Techs.
  • 2 Cardiovascular Technicians
  • RN Coordinator assigned to every study
  • Physician on site at all times
  • Physician on call after hours
  • IATA certified staff
  • ACLS certified staff

Patient Demographics

Florida Research Network, LLC has a large, diverse population and excels in the recruitment of patients for large studies. This is due to the fact that Gainesville is located in North Central Florida, home to most of the areas medical resources including 4 major medical centers. The University of Florida is located here in Gainesville and enables enrollment from a younger population and at the same time is home to a large number of retirees over the age of 65. This unique setting results in the over enrollment of most major studies. Patient enrollment comes from our own patient database, physician referral, advertising (TV, Radio, Print, Internet), direct mail and community relations (health screenings and event promotion).

Other Information

Florida Research uses sponsor preferred central IRB's.

The following is a list of IRB's this site has previously used:

  • Chesapeake Institutional Review Board
  • Copernicus Institutional Review Board
  • Department of Health Institutional Review Board
  • ESSEX Institutional Review Board
  • IRC Institutional Review Board
  • New England Institutional Review Board
  • North Florida Regional Medical Center Institutional Review Committee
  • Quorum Institutional Review Board
  • RCRC Institutional Review Board
  • Schulman Associates Institutional Review Board
  • Sterling Institutional Review Board
  • Western Institutional Review Board

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