Clinical Trial Resource Center


Clinical Trial Resource Center

Research Center Profile:
Irvine Center for Clinical Research

Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dermatology
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Gastroenterology
Healthy Volunteers
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Immunology
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Musculoskeletal
Nephrology
Neurology
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Ophthalmology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Sleep
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

Irvine Center for Clinical Research is a dedicated research facility with full-time principal investigators, coordinators, laboratory, and regulatory staff whose attention is focused exclusively on conducting clinical trials. Our physicians personally see every patient, taking the time to cultivate superb physician-patient relationships. Because of our high standard of care, we recruit and retain study participants across the Greater Los Angeles Area (population: 13 million).

Clinical Research Experience

Our site has proudly served thousands of patients since its original founding in 1978. We have completed Phase II, Phase II-B, Phase III, Phase III-B, and Phase IV clinical trials in therapeutic areas such as:

  • Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
    • Claudication
    • Coronary Arterial Disease
    • Hypercholesterolemia/Dyslipidemia
    • Hypertension
  • Endocrinology
    • Diabetes Type I
    • Diabetes Type II
    • Diabetic Neuropathy
    • Obesity
    • Thyroid Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Constipation
    • Esophagitis
    • GERD
    • Irritable Bowel Disorder
  • Muscoloskeletal
    • See "Rheumatology" below
  • Neurology
    • Alzheimer’s / Dementia
    • Anxiety
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Depression
    • Eating Disorder
    • Headaches
    • Insomnia / Sleep Disorders
    • Migraine
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Panic Disorder
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Schizophrenia
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB-GYN)
    • Contraception
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Female Sexual Disorder (FSD)
    • Hormone Replacement Therapy
    • Menopausal Disorders
    • Premenstrual Disorders
  • Opthalmology
    • Dry Eye
  • Otolaryngology
    • Tinnitus
  • Pediatrics
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Depression
    • General Anxiety Disorder
    • Migraine
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Social Phobia
  • Pharmacology
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Pharmogenomics
    • Safety Studies
  • Psychiatry/Psychology
    • See "Neurology" heading above
  • Pulmonary
    • Bronchial Asthma
    • Bronchitis
    • COPD
    • Pneumonia
    • Smoking Cessation
  • Rheumatology
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Gout
    • Osteoporosis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Urology
    • Benign Prostate Hypertrophy
    • Erectile Dysfunction
    • Low Testosterone
    • Overactive Bladder
    • Premature Ejaculation
    • Urinary Incontinence
  • General Health
    • Nutrition (Healthy Study)
    • Obesity
    • Smoking Cessation

We have worked with leading pharmaceutical companies and CROs, including:

3M
Abbott
Abgenix
Acambis
Alcon
Allergan
Alteon
AMBI, Inc.
Amarin
Amgen
AR Scientific
Ardea
AstraZeneca
Aura Labs
Barr Laboratories
Bayer
Berlex
BioCryst
Biogen
Boehringer-Ingelheim
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Calpis
Cephalon
Constella
Covance
DOV Pharmaceuticals
Duramed
Eisai
Elan
Eli Lilly
Essential
Forest
Fujisawa
Generex
GlaxoSmithKline
GTx, Inc.
i3Research
Icon
INC Research
Ingenix
IntraBiotics
IOMED
Janssen
Johnson & Johnson
McNeil
Medpace
Merck
Neurobiological Technology
Neurocrine Biosciences
NexMed
Novartis
Novo Nordisk
Nutrilite
Ono Pharmaceutical
Organon
Ortho-McNeil
Otsuka
PAREXEL
Pentech
Pfizer
Pozen
PPD
PRA
Proctor & Gamble
Quintiles
R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute
Regeneron
Reliant Pharmaceuticals
Roche
Sankyo
Sanofi-Aventis
Schering-Plough
Searle
Sepracor
Shire
Solvay
Takeda
TAP Pharmaceuticals
Teva
Tioga
Transcept (formerly TransOral)
UBC
UCB Pharma
Vivus
Watson
Whitehall
Wyeth-Ayerst

Some studies were completed as a subsidiary of Protocare Trials and Radiant Research (2000-2005).

Facility Description

ICCR is an outpatient center adjacent to 2 major regional hospitals, 24-hour emergency room care, and a physician office tower.

  • Exam rooms
  • CLIA-Waived Laboratory
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG - Electrocardiogram
  • Uroflow
  • Bladder Ultrasound
  • 24 hour emergency phone number
  • Temperature-controlled, double-locked investigational drug storage
  • -20°, -70° Freezers
  • Dry Ice on site
  • Daily FedEx, UPS, and USPS pickup
  • On-site Records Storage, with long-term off-site records storage
  • Large, private lockable conference room dedicated to monitors with internet access and telephones
  • Two fax machines, three copy machines
  • High speed internet access: wired or wireless
  • Patient waiting area with HDTV, refreshments, and fresh coffee

The Irvine Center for Clinical Research is 6 miles from Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA), a convenient airport with direct service to both coasts. We are within a mile of LA’s two most important freeways, the I-405 and I-5, as well as the CA-133 highway. Public transportation includes a nearby bus stop that connects to the Irvine regional Amtrak/Metrolink rail station serving the greater Los Angeles/San Diego area.

Investigator Experience

We have two principal investigators whose work is fully dedicated to clinical research at ICCR.

Elly Lee, MD
Expertise: Neuro-Psychiatry Trials
CEO, Medical Director, ICCR
14 Years of Clinical Research Experience

Denny Lee, MD
Expertise: Internal Medicine
President, ICCR
8 Years of Clinical Research Experience
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Instructor Emeritus of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York
Fluent in English, Burmese, and Chinese

Additional investigators include:

Julia Wilson, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRC (Sub-Investigator)
Expertise: Family Nurse Practitioner
16 Years of Clinical Research Experience
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, ACRP
Registered Nurse in the State of California
Assistant Director/Faculty, Vanguard University

Maya Ziegler, PhD (Sub-Investigator)
Expertise: Psychology, Child Psychology
7 Years of Clinical Research Experience
Psychometric Rater
Licensed Psychologist in the State of California
Post-Doctoral Fellow Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

Dung Trinh, MD, FACSG (Sub-Investigator)
Expertise: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Facility Medical Director, Bristol Park Medical Group
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, Irvine
Former Non-Commissioned Officer, United States Marine Corps
Fluent in English and Vietnamese

Herbert Lee, MD, MPH (Sub-Investigator)
Expertise: Gastroenterology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC)
Chairman Emeritus, Division of Gastroenterology, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Eva Potts, RN, WHNP-BC, MSN (Sub-Investigator)
Expertise: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nursing Instructor, Golden West College School of Nursing

Li-Li Chia, MD (Sub-Investigator)
Expertise: Ophthalmology

Affiliated Medical Facilities:

ICCR brings additional expertise to studies as necessary through collaborative work at its affiliated facilities:

  • California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • Dietitians of Orange County, LLC, Irvine, CA
  • HRC Fertility, Laguna Hills, CA & Newport Beach, CA
  • Irvine Endoscopy & Surgical Institute, Irvine, CA
  • West Coast Radiology Centers, Irvine, CA

Additional co-investigators in fields of specialty are available. Fields include:

  • Endocrinology
  • ENT Specialist
  • Gastroenterology
  • OBGYN/Women's Health
  • Ophthalmology
  • Psychology/Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

Full CVs are available upon request.

Staff Expertise

ICCR has full-time CRCs, laboratory staff, and a full-time regulatory specialist. Staff are trained in GCP, HIPAA, IATA, and OSHA and strictly adhere to clinical practice guidelines.

Keerthi Paliath, BS, MAS, CRC
Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator
10 years of Clinical Research Experience, including Phase I & Late Phases
Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research Administration, University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Concentration in Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Certified Psychometric Rater: HAM-D17, HAM-D24, MADRS, YMRS, CDRS-R, C-SSRS, HAM-A, ADIS-C, PARS
IATA and CPR Certified

Nicole Myers, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator
8 years of Clinical Research Experience
20 years of Health Care Experience
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, ACRP
Medical Assistant Diploma
IATA and CPR Certified

Min Jeffrey Kong, BS, MS, CRC
Clinical Research Coordinator
5 years of Clinical Research Experience 6 years of Health Care Experience Master of Science in Medical Science, University of South Florida Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, University of California, Riverside IATA and EMT Certified

Sandy Cronce
Regulatory Affairs Administrator
13 years of Clinical Research Experience
Entrepreneurship coursework, California State University, Fullerton

Ralph Lee
Vice President, Business Director
8 years of Clinical Research Experience
Bachelors in Operations Research and Management Science, University of California, Berkeley
Management of Engineering and Innovation Certificate, UC Berkeley College of Engineering
California Society of Certified Public Accountants Member, Candidate

Michael German
Marketing Intern
AmeriCorps VISTA alumni
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Westmont College

Cassandra Diyorio
Administrative Assistant
4 years of Clinical Research Experience
8 years of Health Care Experience
CPR Certified

Nancy Wassom Bernstein, RN, MS, CCRC
Psychometrician
40 years of Clinical Experience
21 years of Clinical Research Experience
Registered Nurse in the State of California
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver

Patient Demographics

Patients are recruited from database and chart reviews, in concert with marketing that draws from the Greater Los Angeles Area. Because of our high standard of care, we are able to retain more patients. Patients benefit from an ongoing relationship with our physicians, while Sponsors enjoy reduced advertising costs.

While we see patients from the pool of 13 million Los Angeles area residents, our city of Irvine is the leading business city in Orange County, the sixth most populous county in the US, and one of the most diverse. While best known for being the home of Disneyland, we are able to draw upon a diverse patient population that includes Caucasian, Latino, Asian, and African-American participants.

Other Information

ICCR is now committed to one business day turnaround for regulatory, contracts, and budgets. Principal Investigators are readily available to speak to Sponsors. Full-time Coordinators, Principal Investigators, and pertinent staff members are available for study initiation, close-out, and monitoring visits, as well as investigator meetings. CRCs are trained in RDC/EDC systems, including eClinicalTrials, InForm, Medidata, Oracle, and TrialLink. We are conduct studies in accordance with a Central IRB.

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