Research Center Profile:
Piedmont Research Partners, LLC
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Piedmont Research Partners, LLC was established in 2010 as a private research practice. We are located in upstate South Carolina, minutes away from Charlotte, North Carolina with access to The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (20 miles from the site) and Carolinas Medical Center (8 miles from the site). PRP conducts clinical trials, controlled testing of investigational medicines or vaccines to see if they work safely in a group of volunteers. The goal of each study is to find treatments that help people live healthier lives.
Piedmont Research Partners, LLC was established in August 2010. PRP currently has studies in the following areas: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Heart Disease, COPD, Arterial Stiffness, PEDS Asthma, Asthma, and IBS-Diarrhea.
3 private rooms for extended stay
Lounge area with large screen tv and patient library
Kitchen area with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, snacks, drinks
3 patient exam rooms
PFT lab with KoKo Spirometry
Clinical lab with centrifuge and refrigerated centrifuge
Locked drug storage room with continuous monitoring of ambient and refrigerated temperatures
Areas for monitors with wireless internet access, fax copier, and shredder
Wheelchair accessible restroom
Infusion center with comfortable recliners
On site record storage
Physician on site daily
Piedmont Research Partners,LLC adjoins Palmetto Medical Group. We work closely with the 3 physicians, an ultrasound technician, and an esthetician.
Amit Shah, MD-Principal Investigator is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine (27 years of experience) and Palliative Medicine. For the past 5 years, Dr. Shah has conducted Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials in the following areas: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Gout, Diabetes, and Heart Disease (MI).
Brenda Sprinkle, PA-C, CCRC, Sub-Investigator (25 years of research experience) has done Phase I, II, III, and IV clinical trials, as well as overnight trials. She has had 4 FDA audits with no 483 and minimal findings. Additional studies of interest are Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Allergy, Insomnia, Osteoporosis, and Psoriasis.
Nimish Patel, MD-Sub-Investigator is a Board Certified Physician in Family Medicine.
Shephali Patel, MD-Sub-Investigator is a Board Certified Physician in Family Medicine.
Caroline Clemons (MS in Biology) began working as a clinical research coordinator in 1995. She has experience in Neurology, Pain and Management, Pulmonology, Metabolic Disorders, Smoking Cessation, and Cardiology. Responsibilities include patient recruitment and patient care.
Kate Shelton (BS in Business Administration, Minor in Economics) began her clinical research career at PRP in 2012. Her experience includes IBS and COPD. Responsibilities include patient recruitment and patient care.
Sarah Blumenthal Robbins (BS in Biology) began working in clinical research in 2006. She has experience coordinating drug and device studies in Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Arthritis, Vaccine & Immunology, Diabetes, Gout, Hypertension, and Pain. Responsibilities include patient recruitment and patient care.
Angie Bowers (MA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Elementary Education, minor in Psychology) began her clinical research experience at PRP in 2010. She was instrumental in establishing the site and received extensive training in the following areas: patient source documents, study closure responsibilities, and audit preparations. Her main responsibility is the data entry specialist.
Amy Turner (Art Studies at UNC-Charlotte) began her clinical research experience at PRP in 2010. She was instrumental in establishing the site and has been trained in the following areas: lab duties, regulatory document preparation, IRB submissions, protocol deviations, maintenance of regulatory binders, audit preparations, study closure responsibilities, and corresponding with sponsors, IRB's, and CRO's. Amy's main responsibility is regulatory documentation.
Debbie Shelton (MA in Reading, BA in English) has been with PRP since August 2011 as the administrative assistant. Her previous work experience includes 34 years of teaching middle school and secondary English/language arts.
Lina Mena (BS in Psychology) began her clinical research experience at PRP in 2013. She has 9 years experience in the following areas: General Medicine, Hormonal Replacement Therapy and Health Nutrition. Responsibilities include patient recruitment and patient care.
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