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Innovative Clinical Trials

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Rhonda Yeatts, RN, CCRC, CCRP
Director of Research
Innovative Clinical Trials
5430 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78229
210-377-2873 (Recruitment Line)
210-616-3558 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases

Center Overview

The Innovative Clinical Trials promise:
Innovative Clinical Trials exists to provide data integrity, effective enrollment measures, and high-quality research results because, "tomorrow's cures begin today".

Innovative Clinical Trials was founded in 2000 by partners, James Edward Garrison III, MD, FAAN and Gregory Duncan McCarroll, MD. They are both ACRP Certified Principal Investigators, and they are supported by Certified Clinical Research Coordinators, licensed nurses and registered medical assistants and an experienced administrative staff. Together with their staff, the doctors provide over 40 years of knowledge in clinical research expertise. Innovative Clinical Trials delivers quality data with the utmost integrity and accuracy, ensured by an internal quality assurance process.

Innovative Clinical Trials is proud to be a Charter Member of the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS).Through Innovative’s attendance and participation in SCRS functions, Innovative Clinical Trials networks with multiple research sites, CROs, and Sponsor Representatives across the nation to ensure best practices are maintained and experiences shared.

Clinical Research Experience

With over 40 years' experience caring for patients with a broad spectrum of medical necessities, Drs. Garrison and McCarroll offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Below is a list of experience with Clinical Research Trials for phases II-IV.

Sponsors we've worked with:

  • Abbott
  • AMAG
  • Astra Zeneca
  • DOV
  • Glaxo Smith-Kline
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Eli Lilly
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Furiex Pharmaceuticals
  • Luitpold
  • Janssen
  • Kendle International
  • Mylan Bertek
  • Myogen
  • Novartis
  • Osmotica Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer Sanofi Aventis
  • Takeda Global Research & Development
  • Elan BioPharmaceuticals
  • Genzyme
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Forest Research Institute
  • Schwarz Pharma
  • Ortho McNeil
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Wyeth
  • Zogenix
  • XenoPort
  • Sangamo
  • Sunovion
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • BoehringerIngleheim
  • Roche

CROs we've worked with:

  • PRA International
  • Covance
  • Pharmanet
  • PPD
  • ICON
  • INC Research
  • Quintiles
  • Medpace
  • United Biosource Corporation
  • Pharmacia
  • RPS-Research Pharmaceutical Services
  • Parexel
  • BioRASI
  • Premier Research

IRBs we've worked with:

  • NewEngland IRB
  • Schulman & Associates IRB
  • Chesapeake Research Review, Inc.
  • Copernicus Group IRB
  • Western IRB
  • Quorum IRB
  • Aspire IRB

Facility Description

Innovative Clinical Trials is conveniently located in the heart of the Medical Center, just off of Loop 410 and Fredericksburg Road. We take pride in the one-on-one time that the investigators and CRCs take with all the research volunteers.

ICT equipment and volunteer spaces:

  • Fully equipped, private rooms for visits
  • Soothing infusion suite where the volunteers can relax by listening to a choice of soothing CDs, watch a movie from our movie library or broadcast TV, or surf the internet on their own device by connecting to our complementary WIFI.
  • On-site clinical laboratory with centrifuges, refrigerator/freezer, dry ice box, -20 freezer, -70 Freezer, Certified Biosafety Cabinet, and same-day shipping cables.
  • Dedicated monitoring rooms with both Ethernet cable access and secure WIFI access along with open access to two fax/copy machines.

Investigator Experience

Our investigators are available, beyond attendance at investigator meetings, to provide significant pre-study protocol input, as well as provide ongoing feedback to our sponsors on study progress, problems and possible solutions. Our investigators are also involved with overseeing the entire trial on a day to day basis. We have a monthly staff meeting that is utilized to review protocols and protocol updates, Safety IND reports, recruitment exercises, CME credit and SOP update &review.

Staff Expertise

Innovative Clinical Trials is supported by:

Rhonda Yeatts, RN, CCRC, CCRP, Director of Research
Rhonda has been a nurse for over 20 years. She has enjoyed clinical research for the past 12 years. Prior to her role as Director, she has functioned as Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, and has previous research experiences functioning as a recruiter, coordinator, research trainer, clinical research staff supervisor, and quality assurance auditor in a phase I unit. Rhonda is a certified research professional with the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCra); is a certified clinical research coordinator and member of Association Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), as well as a member of the local San Antonio chapter of ACRP. Rhonda is certified in IV therapy, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Basic CPR. Rhonda oversees the day-to-day activities of the research projects, manages contracts & budgets, and also serves as practice administrator for the physicians’ private practice.

Elizabeth Hendrix, BA CCRC, Senior Coordinator
Liz began her research career in college where she conducted a study on hope and optimism which was presented at the 2004 Society for Personal and Social Psychology conference and is being published this year. After college she began work at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in the Investigational Drug Development section, where she became the youngest Clinical Research Assistant in CTRC’s history. From there she moved to Hepatitis C and gastroenterological research where she became ACRP certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has worked in many additional therapeutic areas such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Liz is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, IV Therapy and Basic CPR. Liz serves as a leader within the research office, leads Innovative’s internal QA/QC process, and provides support to other research staff.

Danielle Lester, MA, CCRC
Danielle began her career in the Phase 1 research area as a research clinician. After realizing all that the research career field had to offer she aimed to be a research coordinator and within 1 year had achieved her goal. She has taken great pleasure in being a research coordinator for the past 6 years. Danielle is an ACRP Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and member of Association Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). She has worked in many therapeutic areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, respiratory, obesity, peripheral artery disease, renal deficiency, depression, osteoporosis, gastroparesis, ocular hypertension, pain models, vaccinations, MS, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Danielle is certified in Basic CPR, IV Therapy with future goals to attain her certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Tara Griffin, LVN, CRC
Tara has been an LVN for 15 years. She began her clinical research career 8 years ago as a research clinician in Phase 1, where she also functioned as a Clinical Research Supervisor, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, and Study Manager. Tara also worked as CRA for a leading pharmaceutical company and well respected hospital system in California before returning to Texas and Phase II-IV research. She was certified as a clinical research coordinator and member of Association Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). She has worked in many therapeutic areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, hepatic, respiratory, RLS, renal, musculoskeletal, depression, immunologic, vaccinations, and neurological Disease. Tara is certified in IV therapy, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Basic CPR.

Felicia Luna, MA, Recruitment Specialist
Felicia serves as a full-time, on-site research subject recruiter for Innovative Clinical Trials. Felicia has a background in phlebotomy and was Dr. McCarroll’s private practice Medical Assistant until she moved into the research field. Felicia proved to be a terrific advocate for her patients, and showed a desire to learn research, so the transition from private practice to research was a natural step for her. Felicia is an effective member of the research team-she prepares pre-study potential subject lists, maintains the research database, and works side-by-side with the coordinators and Principal Investigators for all recruitment efforts. She contacts, prescreens, and schedules all subjects, both outbound and inbound calls from potential subjects, and provides weekly reports to the Administrator. Felicia also assists in developing recruitment plans, organizes health fair participation, and has recently begun stepping into a research assistant role.

Patient Demographics

We recruit study subjects from our large database of clinical and research practices. We also utilize print, TV, radio and web ads. Our website offers information about our current clinical trials.

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