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Research Center Profile:
Diagnostics Research Group

Center Information

Hilda Pomroy, RRT, CCRC, or
Brita Andrews, RN, MSN, CCRC
Chief Executive Officer
Diagnostics Research Group
4410 Medical Drive, Suite 360
San Antonio, TX 78229
USA
210-692-7157
210-692-1999 (fax)
bandrews@dxrg.com
www.dxrg.com/
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Devices
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Sleep
Vaccines

Center Overview

Mission Statement

Diagnostics Research Group is a consortium of research facilities whose members conduct clinical research in their specific areas of therapeutic expertise. Our mission is to become the industry leader of independent clinical research sites by:
1) performing at the highest levels of integrity and competence as judged by our subjects and sponsors
2) investing in the development and maintenance of competencies and productivity of all members of our company team
3) following Good Clinical Practices in all instances and
4) offering quality studies to diverse subject populations. We perform clinical trials involving pharmaceuticals and/or device testing.

Background

Diagnostics Research Group was formed thirteen years ago. The private practice has been established for 30 years.

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 200+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 200+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 20,000+
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 2 Business Day(s)
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Clinical Research Experience

Our Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Charles Andrews and Dr. John Holcomb, are Certified Principal Investigators (CPI). Additionally, eight of our staff members are Certified Clinical Research Coordinators (CCRC).

Our facility has been involved in research for thirteen years. Our physicians have been involved in clinical research for thirty-three years.

We conduct phase I, II, III, and IV trials.

We have participated in trials for the following Pharmaceutical Companies:

  • Abbott
  • Adams
  • Actelion
  • AGI
  • Allergy Therapeutics
  • Alcon
  • Alkermes
  • Almirall
  • Altana
  • Amphastar
  • Anchen
  • Apotex
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aventis
  • Bayer
  • BioMarck
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • Centocor
  • Cerecor
  • CoTherix
  • CombinatoRx
  • Dey
  • Eisai
  • Epix
  • Encysive
  • Evolutec
  • FAES Pharma
  • Forest
  • Furiex
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Guilford
  • Inspire
  • ITGI
  • Intermune
  • Iroko
  • Ista
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Eli Lilly
  • Lek Pharmaceuticals
  • Kalypsys
  • KCI
  • Meda
  • Medicinova
  • Merck
  • Morton Grove
  • Novartis
  • OrthoMcNeil
  • Otsuka
  • Pearl
  • Peninsula
  • Perrigo
  • Pharmacia
  • Pozen
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Schering-Plough
  • Sepracor
  • Skye Pharmaceuticals
  • Takeda
  • Teva
  • Watson
  • West Pharmaceuticals
  • Wyeth

We have participated in trials for the following Contract Research Organizations:

  • AAI
  • Advanced Biologics
  • Allied Research
  • Cato
  • CTMS
  • Concentrics
  • Covance
  • Criterium
  • Evidera
  • I3 Research
  • ICON
  • IHC Research
  • Ingenix
  • Integrium
  • ITGI
  • Kendle
  • MDS
  • Medex
  • Medpace
  • Novum
  • Omnicare
  • PPD
  • PRA
  • Paragon Biomedical
  • Parexel
  • Pharmanet
  • Pharmaseek
  • Pharm-Olam
  • Premier
  • Quintiles
  • Research Point
  • Synteract, Inc.
  • TKL Research
  • UBC

Our center specializes in clinical trials for:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Allergy Medications
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Antihypertensives
  • Asthma
  • BCP’s
  • Bronchodilators
  • Cholesterol Studies
  • COPD
  • Complicated Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Diagnosis of Carcinoma
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dyspepsia
  • HRT
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Inhaled and Nasal Corticosteroids
  • Insomnia
  • Intravenous sedation
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Respiratory Medications
  • Skin Infections
  • Sleep Medications
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sputum/Cytology
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence Medications
  • Vaccines
  • Vaginitis

Facility Description

We are conveniently located in the Texas Neurosciences Institute in the South Texas Medical Center. We offer on-site complete pulmonary function testing, Methacholine challenge, oximetry, chest x-rays, allergy testing, nasal allergen provocation, phlebotomy, electrocardiograms and women’s health care (paps, pelvic). We can also test for Bone Mineral Density. Within the Neurosciences Institute, there is a complete imaging center. We have two satellite clinics in Gonzales and Uvalde, rural towns in other counties. We are affiliated with Biogenics Research Chamber, an environmental chamber for testing of up to 50 allergic subjects at a time.

Investigator Experience

Charles P. Andrews, MD, CPI
Medical Director & Principal Investigator
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Andrews attended Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his training in pulmonary medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Prior to entering private practice he taught at University Hospital and Audie Murphy V.A. Hospital in San Antonio. He is a reviewer for two pulmonary journals and has been the author of many schientific articles and chapters. He is a member of the Drug Information Association, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians. Dr. Andrews is a Certified Principal Investigator (CPI).

Investigator:

  • Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergy/Asthma Studies of Antihistamine
  • Antibiotic Study of the Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Antibiotic Studies of the Treatment of Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
  • Asthma Studies
  • Asthma with Methacholine Challenge
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Device Studies
  • Cholesterol Studies
  • Comparative Antibiotic Study in the Treatment of Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis
  • Complicated Hypertension Studies
  • Complicated Urinary Tract Infection
  • COPD Studies
  • Diagnosis of Lung Carcinoma
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dyspepsia Studies
  • Emphysema Studies
  • Etiologic Studies of Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Intravenous Sedation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Mountain Cedar Allergic Rhinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Perennial Allergic Rhinitis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Ragweed Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
  • Severe Sepsis
  • Spring Allergic Rhinitis
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence Study
  • Vaccine Studies

Sub-Investigator:

  • Chronic Cough
  • Constipation
  • Inhaled Insulin
  • Insomnia
  • Parkinson’s Disease Study
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Vulvovaginal Candidiasis

John R. Holcomb, MD, CPI
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Holcomb attended Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his pulmonary training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He was an attending physician at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and The American College of Chest Physicians. He is a Certified Principal Investigator.

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

Investigator:

  • Antibiotic/Pneumonia study
  • Bronchoscopy in Chronic Bronchitis study
  • COPD studies
  • Chronic Cough Studies
  • Chronic Constipation studies
  • Hypertension studies
  • Irritable bowel syndrome studies.

Sub-investigator: Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis, Allergy/Asthma Studies, Antibiotic Study of the Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Phase IIa Asthma Study,Cholesterol Studies, Complicated Hypertension Study, Complicated Urinary Tract Infection, Diabetes, Dyspepsia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Study, Osteoarthritis Studies, Osteoporosis Study, Parkinson’s Disease Study, Pneumonia/Flu Vaccine Study, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Studies, Pulmonary Fibrosis Study, Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis studies, Shingles Vaccine., Stress Urinary Incontinence Study.

Randall C. Bell, MD
A graduate from the University of Kansas, Dr. Bell attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He completed his pulmonary training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Prior to entering private practice he taught at the Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society. Board Certification: Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. Investigator: Study of Almitrine bismesylate to Increase Arterial Oxygenation, Inhaled Insulin Study, Acute Bronchitis Study, Asthma Study, Allergy/Asthma Study, Severe Sepsis Study.

Board Certification: Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine.

Investigator: Study of Almitrine bismesylate to Increase Arterial Oxygenation, Inhaled Insulin Study, Acute Bronchitis Study, Asthma Study, Allergy/Asthma Study, Severe Sepsis Study.

Sub-investigator: Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis, Allergy/Asthma Studies, ,Antibiotic Study of the Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia, , Phase IIa Asthma Study, COPD Studies, Complicated Hypertension Study, Complicated Urinary Tract Infection, Dyspepsia, Insomnia study, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Study, Osteoarthritis Studies, Osteoporosis Study, Parkinson’s Disease Study, Pneumonia/Flu Vaccine Study, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Study, Pulmonary Fibrosis Study, Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Studies, Shingles Vaccine Study, Stress Urinary Incontinence Study.

Nora L. Walker, MD
A graduate from Rice University in Houston, Dr. Walker attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her pulmonary training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

Investigator: Insomnia Study.

Sub-investigator: Allergy/Asthma Study, Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis, Antibiotic Study of the Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Asthma Studies, Cholesterol Studies, COPD Studies, Complicated Hypertension Study, Complicated Urinary Tract Infection, Diabetes Studies, Dyspepsia, Hypertension studies, Irritable bowel syndrome studies, Osteoarthritis Study, Osteoporosis Study, Pneumonia/Flu Vaccine Study, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Studies, Pulmonary Fibrosis Study, Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, Severe Sepsis Study, Shingles Vaccine Study, Stress Urinary Incontinence Study

Clinical Expertise in the following areas:

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Adult Respiratory Failure
  • Airway Equipment Evaluation
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Sinusitis
  • Acute Asthma (exercise induced)
  • Asthma
  • Asthma / Allergy
  • Bacterial Vaginitis
  • Birth Control
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchodilators
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage
  • Bronchoscopic Biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Common Cold
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dyspepsia
  • Emphysema
  • Exercise Testing
  • Herpes I/II
  • HRT
  • HTN
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Influenza
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Intravenous sedation
  • Lung Cancer Detection
  • Lung Malignancies
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Methacholine challenge
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mountain Cedar Allergic Rhinitis
  • Mucolytic Agents
  • Nasal Allergen provocation
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Perennial Allergic Rhinitis
  • Pneumonia, Community Acquired
  • Pneumonia, Nosocomial
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Viral Diseases
  • Rhinitis (Allergic)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Shock
  • Skin Infection
  • Sleep disorders / Sleep Apnea
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sinusitis, allergic and infectious
  • Spring Allergic Rhinitis
  • Urinary Stress Incontinence
  • Vaccines
  • Ventilator Weaning
  • Vulvovaginal Candidiasis

Staff Expertise

Our clinical research staff consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. The clinical research staff is trained to conduct trials within the Good Clinical Practice guidelines. Each clinical research coordinator is experienced in pulmonary function testing, allergy testing, ECG’s, venipuncture, and basic cardiac life support. The Registered Nurses also participate in IV infusion studies.

Hilda Pomroy, RRT, CCRC
Director of Clinical Operations

Brita Andrews, RN, MSN, CCRC
Chief Executive Officer

Laura Ramirez, RN, BSN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Lisa Lopez, LVN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Colleen Malady, RN, MSN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Priscilla Villarreal, RN, BSN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Kathleen Smith, LVN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Kat Steel, RN, AND, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Cheryl Sheets, RN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

Cristina Morales, BSBA
Director of Subject Recruitment

Laura Degollado
Subject Recruiter

Veronica Earnest
Regulatory Specialist

Ofelia Rodriguez, MA
Medical Assistant

Tiffany Mapalo
Research Assistant

Tina Ramirez
Research Assistant

Stephanie Francisco, BA
Business Development

Carlos Cervantes, RRT
Clinical Manager, Pulmonary Dynamics

Patricia Miranda, BBA
Director of Business Operations

Margie Longoria
Receptionist

Patient Demographics

The San Antonio metropolitan area population is 1.5 million and has a referral area of 3.5 million. Fifty percent of the population is Hispanic. A large proportion of our patients are adult seniors due to the retired military population. San Antonio is conducive to balanced research because of its large and diverse population.

Our adult private practice has over 45,000 patient encounters per year, allowing rapid patient enrollment and study start-up. We are experienced in recruitment of study subjects.

Other Information

Special Skills

  • Experienced in Methacholine challenge
  • Experienced in nasal allergen provocation
  • Experienced in remote data entry.
  • Active subject database for patient recruitment.
  • Experienced media and marketing consultant.

At Diagnostics Research Group our commitment is to complete clinical studies in a timely and cost-effective manner while assuring safety and adherence to regulatory guidelines.

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