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Research Center Profile:
Coastal Carolina Research Center

Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Healthy Volunteers
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery

Center Overview

Coastal Carolina Research Center is a dedicated research facility located in Mt. Pleasant which is within the greater Charleston, South Carolina metro area.. We were founded in 1997 and are the proud recipients of the Charleston, South Carolina Small Business of the Year for 2000. We provide access to the clinical research process to thousands of Charleston Lowcountry citizens who are interested in volunteering and participating in clinical trials and research studies that focus on primarily “outpatient” studies in multiple therapeutic areas and diseases.

CCRC has established a reputation in the industry for defensible data and high, rapid enrollment. Our site conducts studies in multiple therapeutic areas which are amenable to our existing research population and allows us to gain further interest from volunteers in the community through strategic recruitment and advertising. . For these trials we utilize a core group of physicians of various specialists who serve as Pis and sub-investigators. Dr. Cynthia B. Strout serves as our medical director and is a full-time research physician. CCRC's physicians are very dedicated and believe in extensive patient interaction in the trials they oversee.

Most Compelling Opportunity

To replace the public’s fear and misconception of Coastal Carolina Research Center’s work in clinical research, with a full understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the positive impact trial results have in the lives of participants and the world at large.

Clinical Research Experience

CCRC conducts trials in Phases II, III, and IIIb/IV.

Our center has conducted studies in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Acne
  • ADHD
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anthrax Vaccine
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Biodefense Vaccine
  • BPH
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)
  • Colo-rectal Cancer Detection
  • Common Cold
  • Contraception
  • Depression
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes (Type I)
  • Diabetes (Type II)
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dyspepsia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Erosive Esophagitis
  • Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Flu Vaccine (all ages)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Genetic Biomarkers
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts
  • GERD
  • Gout
  • Healthy Volunteer
  • Heartburn
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine
  • HIV
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Hot Flashes
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Hypertension (including Ambulatory BP Monitoring)
  • Hypercholesterolemia (Cholesterol)
  • Hypgonadism
  • Influenza
  • Insomnia
  • Insomnia with PSG's
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Male erectile dysfunction
  • Medical Devices
  • Meningococcal Vaccine
  • Menstrual Migraines
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Migraines (Adolescent)
  • Migraine Prevention
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Nocturia
  • Obesity
  • Obesity in Diabetes
  • Obesity with dyslipidemia
  • Onychomycosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Osteoporosis
  • Otitis Media
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Pandemic Flu Vaccine
  • Pediatric Nutraceuticals
  • Pharyngitis
  • Plague Vaccine
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine
  • Psoriasis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rosacea
  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • Tension Headaches
  • Tinea Capitis (Ringworm of scalp)
  • Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot)
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Ulcers
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Weight Loss

We have worked with the following sponsors:

  • Abbott
  • Aegerion
  • Allergen
  • Alpharma
  • Altana
  • Amylin
  • Amgen
  • Arena
  • Astellas
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aventis
  • Barr
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Bayer
  • Berlex
  • Bertek
  • Bionovo
  • Biovail
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Centocor
  • Cipher
  • Collagenex
  • Covidien
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • DepoMed
  • Dow
  • Dupont Merck
  • Duramed
  • Dynport (DVC)
  • Eli Lilly
  • Emergent Biosolutions
  • Exact Science
  • Forbes Medi-Tech
  • Forest
  • Furiex
  • G&W Labs
  • Galderma
  • Genentech
  • Genomic Collaboration
  • Gilead
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals
  • Glaxo Wellcome
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • Hoechst-Marion Roussel
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Impax Laboratories
  • Insmed
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • King
  • KOS Pharmaceuticals
  • Kowa Pharmaceuticals
  • Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
  • Marine Polymer Technologies
  • Meade Johnson
  • Medimmune
  • Medivir
  • Merck
  • Merz Pharmaceuticals
  • Metabasis Therapeutics
  • Minster
  • Nabi
  • NanoBio
  • Neuraxon
  • Neurogen
  • Novartis
  • Novavax
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Omthera
  • Organon
  • Ortho McNeil
  • Pain Therapeutics
  • Palatin Technologies
  • PaxVax
  • Pharmacia
  • Pharmos
  • Pfizer
  • Pozen
  • ProEthic
  • Promius
  • QLT
  • Quinnova Pharmaceuticals
  • Rhone-Poulenc Rorer
  • Roche
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • R.W.T.
  • Sankyo
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Sanofi-Pasteur
  • Sanofi-Synthelabo
  • Schering-Plough
  • Schwarz
  • Searle
  • Shionogi
  • Solvay
  • Stiefel Laboratories
  • Surface Logix
  • Takeda
  • TAP
  • Taro
  • Teva
  • Tioga
  • TorreyPines Therapeutics
  • Triangle
  • Trimel Biopharma
  • Tylenol
  • UCB
  • Vanguard
  • Vaxinnate
  • Viro Pharma
  • Vivus
  • Warner Chilcott
  • Watson
  • Wyeth
  • Wyeth Ayerst
  • Xenoport/li>
  • Yamanouchi

We have also worked with the following CRO's:

  • AAI
  • B & B Clinical Innovations
  • BBK Healthcare
  • Beardsworth Consulting
  • Cato
  • Chiltern
  • Clinilabs
  • Clinimetrics
  • ClinTrials
  • Concentrics
  • Covalent
  • Covance
  • CPR
  • Criterium
  • CTMS
  • Duke CRI
  • Encorium
  • Essential
  • Global IQ
  • Health Decisons
  • Healthcare Products
  • i3 Innovis
  • -i3 Research
  • ICON
  • INC Research
  • Ingenix
  • Integrium
  • inVentiv
  • Inveresk
  • Kendle
  • Kern McNeill
  • MDS
  • Medifacts
  • Medpace
  • MTRA
  • NCGS
  • Novella Clinical
  • Novum
  • Omnicare
  • Paragon
  • Parexel
  • Pharmaco
  • PharmaNet
  • PharmaResearch
  • Pharm Olam International
  • PPD
  • PRA
  • Premier Research
  • Quintiles
  • Radiant Development /font>
  • RCRI
  • RPI
  • RPS
  • RTI
  • Scirex
  • SRA
  • Symbio Research
  • Synteract
  • Target Research Associates
  • Theradex
  • TKL Research
  • UBC (United Bioscience)
  • US Micron

Facility Description

The Charleston area is a popular destination due to its mild climate and historic charm. It is the fastest growing metro area in South Carolina, with a diverse population that has a positive attitude towards clinical research. Charleston offers beautiful beaches, championship golf, world-class restaurants, and a wide variety of conveniently located hotels and bed-and-breakfasts.

Coastal Carolina Research Center's office is located in "beautiful" Mt. Pleasant and is about 5 minutes away from the Cooper River Bridge which crosses over into "historic" Charleston, South Carolina. This office is readily accessible (5-10 minutes) to two barrier islands, Isle of Palms & Sullivan's Island, which are amongst the nicer beaches on the East Coast. This main office is within 15 minutes of the Charleston International Airport.

Facility descriptions and equipment for both sites are as follows:

Facility Mt. Pleasant
Facility Name Coastal Carolina Research Center
Address 1156 Bowman Road, Suite 102
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone # 843/856-3784
Fax # 843/856-3788
Office Space 5,000 square feet located on 1st floor
Parking Very accessible and Free parking is available
Lobby/Waiting Cozy waiting room with reading material available. Wait time for volunteers is generally just a couple of minutes. A spill over waiting room is available if needed.
Exam Rooms 6
Laboratory Large CLIA waived lab is in a perfect location for the flow of patients and staff.
Study Coordinator space Two large "limited access" spaces are occupied by our team of nurses, research coordinators, research assistants and dieticians.
Monitor Rooms One large room with access to telephone and high-speed internet services is able to hold 3 to 4 monitors per day. An additional private office is available if needed to accommodate > 4 monitors.
Drug Storage Large 20 ft x 8 ft. "climate controlled" closet with keypad entry is on-site.
Medical Chart Room Large 20 ft x 8 ft. "climate controlled" chart room is on-site.
Welcome Area / Front Desk Staffed by our office manager who meets/greets all visitors and coordinates the flow of volunteers.
Conference Rooms 2 rooms which can be used in multiple ways including volunteer educational seminars, pre-study and site initiation visits.
Recruitment & Education office This large office houses our Recruitment Coordinators and Database Manager
Additional Offices Space for CCRC's President, Medical Director, Director of Business Development and Office Administrator
Kitchens 2 small kitchens are on-site.
Restrooms Two handicapped accessible restrooms are available within the office.
Equipment Mt. Pleasant Goose Creek
Freezers (-70 degree & -20 degree) Yes Yes
Study Refrigerators Yes x 2 Yes
Refrigerated Centrifuge Yes Yes
Centrifuges Yes x 2 Yes x 2
Climate Controlled & Secure Drug storage Yes Yes
ECG Machines (transtelephonic interpretation capability) Yes x 2 Yes
Stadiometer Yes Yes
Calibrated Weigh Scales (digital and analog) Yes Yes(digital only)
Cholestechs / Free Health Screenings Yes x 2 Yes
Hemoglobin A1C testing Yes Yes
Microscope Yes Yes
High speed DSL internet access Yes Yes
Wireless Internet Technology Yes Not Applicable
Analog lines for data transmission Yes Yes
PC or Labtops for all staff Yes Yes
X-ray access Yes Yes
MRI / CT access Yes Yes
DEXA access Yes Yes
Sleep Lab (PSG) access Yes Yes
Pulmonary Function Testing access Yes Yes
Lung Diffusion testing access Yes Yes

Investigator Experience

Includes Primary Care, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Dermatology, OB/GYN, Opthalmology, Psychiatric, Neurology, Urology and Pediatric. Please contact CCRC for details or check out our website at

Staff Expertise

Dr. Cynthia Strout is Coastal Carolina Research Center’s Medical Director. Dr. Strout is a certified research professional through ACRP/APPI and has 14 years of research experience. She leads our investigator staff which has a combined 50 years of research experience.

Nancy Dinsmore, RN, President and co-founder has 15 years of research experience.

Nathan Morton, Director has worked within the industry for over 8 years.

Mary Ellen Scesney, CCRC serves as Operations Manager and has 15 years of research experience as a Lead Study Coordinator and research instructor.

Coastal Carolina Research Center’s remaining staff consists of:

  • 7 Study Coordinators (including 4 RNs)
  • 3 Assistant Coordinators
  • 3 Recruitment Specialists
  • 1 Retention Specialist
  • 1 Regulatory Coordinator
  • 2 Data Entry Specialists
  • 2 Laboratory Personnel
  • 1 Dietician
  • 1 Diabetic Educator
  • 2 Administrator Personnel

Patient Demographics

The Charleston area is one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. The population is 63% White, 35% African American, & 2% Other. Of Charleston's total Metro Population of 600,000, there is a core of informed, experienced study patients. Charleston is the "Medical Hub" of the lower part of South Carolina due to the Medical University of South Carolina. Our patient population includes a pediatric, adolescent, adult and a burgeoning elderly population. In July 2006, AARP published that Charleston was amongst the five (5) best cities for retirees to live in throughout the United States.

Volunteer Database

Coastal Carolina Research Center (CCRC) currently uses Clinasyst as our Clinical Trials Management System. Within this confidential database we maintain the names of over 17,000 Lowcountry citizens who have either participated in a clinical trial or have submitted interest in volunteering for clinical trials with CCRC.

This database will allow us to query within minutes by age, gender, ethnic group and medical diagnosis or history to allow for quick feasibility surveys. Our database closely resembles the general demographic information of the Charleston metro area and we intend to continue to seek clinical study opportunities that would benefit our entire population.

Our research demographic breakdown is as follows:


  • Female–60%
  • Male–40%


  • Caucasion–70%
  • AfricanAmerican–25%
  • Other–5%


  • < 17 years of age -- recruitment provided by pediatric investigators
  • 18--29 age group: 10% of database
  • 30--39 age group: 13% of database
  • 40--49 age group: 21% of database
  • 50--59 age group: 26% of database
  • 60--69 age group: 20% of database
  • > 70 years of age: 10% of database

Other Information

  • CCRC can utilize and has worked with 13 different Central IRBs.
  • CCRC is experienced with 20 different electronic data capture (EDC) systems; 9 different IVRS systems, 11 different Central Labs, 3 eDiary vendors and 6 central recruitment vendors.
  • CCRC has established a reputation for being an excellent late-add-on-site.
  • CCRC typically meets or exceeds enrollment goals.
  • CCRC can usually complete regulatory documents and contract review within in 48 hours.

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