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Research Center Profile:
River Birch Research Alliance, LLC

Center Information

Dr. Maxwell C. Eblaghie, PhD, CRCP
Chief Research Officer & Authorized Signatory
River Birch Research Alliance, LLC
Clinical Alliance Research Group (CARGO), LLC
c/o River Birch Research Alliance, LLC

Office of Administration & Contracts
548 Summit Oaks Court
Nashville, TN 37221
706-455-9927

Research-Main
101 Riverstone Vista, Suite 201
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
USA
706-455-9927
meblaghie@riverbirchresearch.com
www.riverbirchresearch.com
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dermatology
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Gastroenterology
Healthy Volunteers
Immunology
Internal Medicine
Musculoskeletal
Nephrology
Neurology
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Podiatry
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Urology

Center Overview

River Birch Research Alliance, LLC is an independent clinical research company established in 1992. We specialize in conducting and managing clinical trial studies. Our company collaborates with several major and up-and-coming institutions in the pharmaceutical industry, to bring the best and newest drug therapies to market. Over the years, River Birch Research has developed a reputation of excellence and trust by exceeding our enrollment goals and by completing high quality work in investigational medical studies in the areas of: cardiovascular, gastroenterology, endocrinology, musculoskeletal, infectious diseases, rheumatology and dermatology. In particular, our rich experience in certain therapeutic areas have made us a leader, for example, in Diabetes, COPD, Osteoarthritis or Chronic Pain, Hypertension and other studies.

Our investigators and staff have carried out more than 180 clinical trial studies, with more than 20 years of experience in the field of Clinical Research. With the expansion of our physician team, we hope to bring new studies that benefit our growing patient community in areas of women's health, sports medicine, depression and anxiety, asthma and hormone deficiencies. RBRA's success is driven primarily by the quality of care offered to our patients by our physicians, clinical and nursing staff. We welcome you to come and visit us, and learn with us, as we strive to bring better health to the greater north Georgia community.

Our Facility

River Birch Research Alliance, LLC is located within the RiverstoneMD, P.C. medical campus. RiverstoneMD, P.C. is a multi-specialty clinic with in-house specialty clinic, walk-in clinic, pharmacy, radiology, dentist, physical therapists, sports medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, oncology, blood/lab services, skin and laser spa, and a respiratory center. We have specialist doctors in gastroenterology, podiatry, OB/GYN, ENT, rheumatology, internal medicine, pediatrics, radiology, oncology, nephrology, dermatology, neurology and psychology. We are equipped to do X-rays, MRI and CT scans, bone density, Dexa scans, and many other specialized outpatient procedures.

We are located conveniently off of the Appalachian Hwy (GA-515) for easy and quick travel for patients coming from North Carolina, Georgia and/or Tennessee. We have a close partnership with Fannin Regional Hospital (Blue Ridge, GA) which is equipped for Level III trauma/ER services, as well as Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, GA. For a privately run specialty group clinic, we offer several high-end equipment and services.

Clinical Research Experience

Therapeutic areas:

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis (acute, chronic)
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipid
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hormone deficiency
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin infections
  • Other infectious diseases

CROs:

Quintiles, ICON, Innovex, PPD, iNC Research, PharmaNet, Paragon, Sanofi, Ingenix Pharm, Scirex, Parexel, Omnicare, Global, and several others.

IRBs:

Quorum, Schulman (SAIRB), Western (WIRB), New England (NEIRB), Chesapeak (CSIRB), RCRC IRB, and other Central IRBs.

For a list of clinical research experience by study indication and year:

Indication Year
Pneumonia 1994
Chronic Bronchitis 1994
Hypertension with LVH 1994
Hypertension 1994
Chronic Bronchitis 1996
Pneumonia 1996
COPD 1996
H-Pylori 1996
Hypertension 1997
COPD 1997
Heartburn 1997
Summer Flu 1997
Type II Diabetes 1997
Dyspepsia 1997
Post-MI 1997
GERD 1997
Catheter-related Bacteremia 1997
Chronic Bronchitis 1998
Summer Flu 1998
COPD 1998
Pneumonia 1998
Chronic Bronchitis 1999
Pneumonia 1999
Chronic Bronchitis 1999
COPD 1999
COPD 1999
Pneumonia 1999
Chronic Bronchitis 1999
Osteoarthritis 2000
Drug Naïve Diabetes 2000
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 2000
DNA-Healthy Subjects 2000
DNA-Diseased Subjects 2000
In-Patient Pneumonia 2000
Impetigo 2000
Soft Tissue Infection 2000
Hypertension 2000
COPD 2001
Migraine Headache 2001
Pneumonia 2001
Pneumonia 2001
COPD 2001
Sinusitis 2001
Pneumonia 2001
Chronic Bronchitis 2001
Skin + Skin Structure Infection 2001
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 2002
COPD 2002
Nursing Home Depression 2002
Asthma 2002
Pressure Ulcer 2002
Sinusitis 2002
Hyperlipidemia 2002
Hypertension 2002
GERD 2002
Type II Diabetes 2002
Chronic Bronchitis 2002
COPD 2002
Rheumatoid Arthritis 2002
Pediatric Pneumonia 2002
Pediatric Otitis Media 2002
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy 2002
Chronic Bronchitis 2002
HTN with Hyperlipidemia 2002
Gout 2002
Cardiac Event Prevention 2002
Type II Diabetes with Insulin 2002
Hypertension 2003
Migraine Headache 2003
Psoriasis 2003
Type II Diabetes 2003
COPD 2003
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 2003
Depression 2003
Osteoarthritis of Knee & Hip 2004
COPD 2003
Post-Stroke 2003
Chronic Bronchitis 2003
Medabolic Syndrome 2003
CAD Prevention 2003
Hypertension 2003
Asthma 2003
Type II Diabetes 2003
Migraine Headache 2003
COPD 2004
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 2004
Skin Infection 2004
Gout 2004
Osteoporosis 2004
Osteoarthritis 2004
Type II Diabetes 2004
Psoriasis 2005
Osteoarthritis 2005
COPD 2004
Elevated CRP 2004
Otitis Media 2005
Metabolic Syndrome 2005
Chronic Bronchitis 2005
Hypertension 2005
Type II Diabetes 2005
Pneumonia 2006
COPD 2006
Hypertension 2006
Atrial Fibrillation 2006
Atrial Fibrillation 2006
Heartburn on NSAIDS 2006
Heartburn 2007
Osteoarthritis of Knee & Hip 2007
Chronic Pain 2007
Rheumatoid Arthritis 2008
Chronic Kidney Disease 2008
Osteoarthritis Pain 2008
COPD 2008
COPD 2008
Osteoarthritis of Knee 2008
Stroke/ A-Fib 2008
Acute Shoulder Pain 2008
Acute Ankle Sprain 2008
Fibromyalgia 2008
Resistant Hypertension 2008
DVT/ VTE/ PE 2008
Naïve Diabetes 2008
Hypertension 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
COPD 2009
Acute Ankle Sprain 2009
Acute Wrist Injury 2009
Osteoarthritis Knee/Hip 2009
Osteoarthritis Knee/Hip 2009
Chronic Low Back Pain 2009
Chronic Low Back Pain 2009
COPD 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
COPD 2009
Type II Diabetes 2009
Naïve Diabetes 2010
Type II Diabetes 2010
Type II Diabetes 2010
Type II Diabetes 2010
Naïve Diabetes 2010
Chronic Low Back Pain 2010
Type II Diabetes 2010
Community Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia 2010
Type II Diabetes 2010
Type II Diabetes 2010
Type II Diabetes 2011
Type II Diabetes 2011
Type II Diabetes w Insulin 2011
Naïve Diabetes 2011
Adolescent Fibromyalgia 2011
Adolescent Fibromyalgia 2011
Naïve Diabetes 2011
Hypertension 2011
COPD with CV Risk 2011
COPD 2011
Chronic Low Back Pain 2012
Chronic Low Back Pain w Constipation 2012
Type II Diabetes post MI 2012
Type II Diabetes with Nephropathy 2012
Type II Diabetes with Uncontrolled HTN 2012
Type II Diabetes with Controlled HTN 2012
Irritable Bowel Syndrome-diarrhea 2012
COPD 2012

Facility Description

River Birch Research Alliance, LLC is located within a multi-specialty medical center with in-house specialty clinic, walk-in clinic, pharmacy, radiology, dentist, physical therapists, sports medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, oncology, blood/lab services and a respiratory center. We have specialist doctors in gastroenterology, podiatry, OB/GYN, ENT, rheumatology, internal medicine/pediatrics, radiology, oncology, nephrology and dermatology. We are equipped to do X-rays, MRI/CT scans, bone density, Dexa scans, and many other specialized outpatient procedures. We are located conveniently off of the Appalachian Hwy (GA-515) for easy and quick travel for patients. We are located approx. 4 miles from Fannin Regional Hospital which is equipped for Level III trauma/ER services, as well as 40 minutes drive to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, GA. For a privately run specialty group clinic, we boast several high end equipment and services.

Investigator Experience

Dr. Raymond Tidman, MD, FAAFP (1992 – current)
Principal Investigator, Family Practice

Dr. Jack Roof, MD (2001 – current)
Research Sub-investigator, Family Practice

Dr. Renee Rimmer, OD (2008 – current)
Research Sub-investigator - Optometry

Dr. Jonathan Pearlstein, MD (2009 – current)
Research Sub-investigator
Principal Investigator - Neurology

Dr. John Vansant, MD (2010 – current)
Research Sub-investigator
Principal Investigator - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology & Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Kyle Raque, Psy.D. (2010 – current)
Research Sub-investigator, Psychology (Rater)

Lee Tidman, NP (1994 – current)
Research Sub-investigator

Marilyn Williams, NP (2003 – current)
Research Sub-investigator

Camille Ledford, NP (2008 – current)
Research Sub-investigator

Staff Expertise

Dr. Maxwell C. Eblaghie, PhD, CRCP (2007 – current)
Chief Research Officer & Authorized Signatory
Clinical Alliance Research Group (CARGO), LLC, Nashville, TN (2011 – current)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, AERI, Duke University, Durham, NC (2005-2007)
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Cell Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC (2003-2005)
PhD, Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Dundee, Scotland (2000-2003)

Beth Raque, BSc, LPN, CCRP (2008 – current)
Certified Research Study Coordinator

Michelle Lewis, LPN, CCRP (2008 – current)
Certified Research Study Coordinator

Kathryn Dameron, CCRP, CDT (2004-2005, 2011 – current)
Certified Research Study Coordinator

Darlena Reas, CDM (2010 – current)
Clinical Data Manager

Sherry Rogers (2009-2011, 2012 – current)
Recruitment and Retention Specialist

Adrienne Mason, CMA, RSN-PFT (2009 – current)
Research Study Nurse/ PFT Technologist

Patient Demographics

Patient Population in Blue Ridge, GA:

  • 97.5% White (Caucasian)
  • 0.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.2% Black
  • 0.3% Asian
  • 1.1% Multi-racial
  • 0.1% Other
  • 50.5% Female
  • 49.5% Male
  • 10.9% 0-9 years
  • 12.5% 10-19 years
  • 9.4% 20-29 years
  • 12.9% 30-39 years
  • 15.7% 40-49 years
  • 15.2% 50-59 years
  • 12.3% 60-69 years
  • 7.8% 70-79 years
  • 3.5% 80+ years

Other Information

We use Central IRB.

Interested sponsors and CROs can contact Dr. Eblaghie at: meblaghie@cargoresearch.com.

Office of Administration & Contracts
548 Summit Oaks Ct
Nashville, TN 37221
USA
706-455-9927

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