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Research Center Profile:
Kaiser Permanente Southern California Clinical Trials

Center Information

Sandra Martinez
Clinical Trials Research
Kaiser Permanente Southern California Clinical Trials
100 South Los Robles, 2nd Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-564-7872 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Genetic Disease
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Plastic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

Southern California Permanente Medical Group Clinical Trials Research Program focuses on advancing the practice of medical care to improve health outcomes. Clinical trials investigators are practicing physicians who bridge the gap between research and clinical practice. Typically, research in Kaiser Permanente is aimed at evaluating the impact at the bedside and using this perspective to develop study designs that answer clinically relevant questions. Study participants are recruited from within the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's 3.9 million Southern California members.

Kaiser Permanente is the largest vertically integrated private health care delivery system in the United States. Research is important to Kaiser Foundation because it is not only a part of our organizational mission, but it provides Kaiser Permanente Health Plan members access to innovative new technologies and medicines.

Within the Department of Research & Evaluation, the Clinical Trials Division is a Kaiser Permanente Southern California regional resource which coordinates all aspects of clinical trials services, interface between investigators, sponsors, and regulatory bodies. Sponsors will be directed to appropriate investigators for clinical trials. Once an investigator is identified, we work with the sponsor and the investigator to facilitate their application through IRB, finance, and contracting. We also hire and provide research staff to implement clinical trials studies at sites.

Clinical Research Experience

In Southern California, over 6,000 physicians take care of over 3.9 million members in fourteen Medical Centers and 209 medical offices. With this resource, we are capable of conducting any clinical research project, from the smallest pilot studies to drug trials to outcomes and quality of life analyses. Our experience stretches from Phase II to Phase IV and beyond, encompassing post-marketing analyses. Our program conducts studies in more than 26 therapeutic areas, including: Allergy, Cardiac surgery, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology oncology, Hepatology, Infectious diseases, Internal medicine, Nephrology, Metabolic genetics, Neurology, Adult oncology, Pain Management, Pediatrics oncology, Ophthalmology, Plastic surgery, Surgical oncology, Urology, Pediatrics, and Vascular surgery.

Facility Description

Southern California Permanente Medical Group Clinical Trials research is conducted at all 14 strategically located Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers of Southern California: Anaheim, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay, West Los Angeles, and Woodland Hills.

Investigator Experience

Clinical trials investigators are all practicing physicians in a variety of specialties, incorporating state-of-the-art research to their own practices. Their informed input on study design and interpretation creates more efficient, practical, and pertinent research. Clinical trials investigators also focus strongly on disseminating research results, publishing more than 300 articles per year in peer-reviewed journals. These studies have advanced medical care, improved health outcomes and impacted medical practice internationally.

Staff Expertise

Clinical trials research staff has experience with all aspects of clinical trials management: site management, human subject protection, budget development, and contracting. We provide support for regulatory processes, filing and maintenance of investigator-initiated INDs/IDEs, protocol review, new project consultation, and training. We also provide site management and clinical monitoring for some of our investigators. Services provided include: qualification / selection and site recruitment, investigative site start-up and training, clinical trial enrollment, site regulatory compliance, CRF completion, data collection, initial staff contacts and query resolution.

The Region-based administrative management staff include: Valerie Crooks, DSW, Director Clinical Trials Administration, Cynthia A. Brown, MSN Clinical Trials Operations Manager, Oncology and Hai Linh Kerrigan, Pharm.D, Clinical Trial Operations Manager Non-Oncology.

Patient Demographics

Kaiser Permanente Southern California provides comprehensive health care on a pre-paid basis to 3.9 million residents of Southern California. The population served by the program is diverse with 260 ethnic groups and broadly representative of the population of Southern California in terms of education and income.

Other Information

Human subjects in Clinical Trials are supported by our OHRP registered Kaiser Permanente Southern California Institutional Review Board.

Investigators use the iMedRIS clinical trial management tool to submit IRB applications, to help track participant and study activities, research compliance, and conduct.

Contact Center

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.