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Research Center Profile:
New Orleans Center for Clinical Research/Volunteer Research Group, LLC

Center Information

William B. Smith, MD, FACC
President and Principal Investigator
New Orleans Center for Clinical Research/Volunteer Research Group, LLC
1928 Alcoa Highway
UT Medical Center, , Suite G50
Knoxville, TN 37920
USA
865-305-9100 x 246
865-305-8381 (fax)
wbsmd@noccr.com
www.volresearch.com
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Gastroenterology
Healthy Volunteers
Hematology
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Immunology
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Musculoskeletal
Nephrology
Neurology
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Oncology
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pharmacology/Toxicology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

About Us

  • Academic Hospital Based Phase I –IV Centers
    • Added layers of safety
      • On-site access to a full array of specialized procedures and technologies
      • Hospital code team 24-hour emergency coverage
    • Access to specialists and patient populations
      • Research arm for the 718 University of Tennessee physicians
    • On-site clinical lab for same day results and USP pharmacy capabilities
  • Complex Clinial Trials
    • 50 bed capacity Phase I unit
    • First-in-Human and complex early phase study specialization
    • Phase II – IV units in Knoxville and New Orleans
    • On-site imaging services and specialized testing
      • MRI / Functional MRI
      • Open MRI
      • CT
      • PET / CT
      • Mammography
      • Arthrography
      • Bone Density
      • Nuclear Medicine
      • Ultrasound
      • X-Ray
      • Fluoroscopy
      • Echocardiography
  • Experience and Expertise:
    • Over 30 years dedicated to clinical research
    • More than 1500 trials conducted in all phases of research
    • Types of studies:
      • Early phase
      • Complex
      • Biological mechanistic
      • Imaging research
  • Therapeutic Areas
    • Gastroenterology / Hepatology
    • Nephrology
    • Obesity
    • Cardiology
    • Primary care
    • Rheumatology
    • Women’s Health
    • Pain Management
    • Psychiatry
    • Infectious Disease
    • Pulmonology
    • Urology
    • Endocrinology
    • Oncology
    • Neurology (including Alzheimer’s)
    • Sexual Dysfunction
    • Elderly
    • Smoking Cessation

Clinical Research Experience

In the past 30 years, NOCCR/VRG has enrolled approximately 4000 volunteers in over 1500 Phase I-IV clinical studies in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Acute/chronic Pain
  • Alzheimer's
  • Angina
  • Arrhythmia
  • Asthma
  • Benign Prosthetic Hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Bronchitis
  • CAD
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Functional Dyspepsia
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Headache
  • Healthy Volunteers
  • Heartburn
  • Hepatic
  • Hormone Replacement
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Migraine Headache
  • Obesity
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Renal Insufficiency
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vaccines
  • Vaginitis
  • Women’s Health
  • Yeast Infections

Facility Description

Senior Management
William B. Smith, MD, FACC. Founder, President and Principal Investigator, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Nephrology, and Cardiology. He has been involved in greater than 1500 clinical trials. Dr. Smith is a frequent lecturer and author, publishing extensively in clinical and scientific journals.

Richard L. Gibson, MD, is a Principal Investigator and has been with NOCCR for 10 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry, with an MPH in Tropical Medicine.

Nyda Brook, JD, Vice President and General Counsel has been with NOCCR since 1999. Prior to joining our team, she practiced healthcare law in New Orleans.

Sandra Gibson, RN, MBA, Vice President and Operations Director, has been with NOCCR since 1999. Sandy is certified in Nephrology and Critical Care Nursing as well as clinical research coordination.

Volunteer Enrollment Services

  • 20,000 volunteer database regularly reviewed and cleaned
  • Dedicated recruitment staff utilizes social and Web-based media extensively along with traditional advertising resources
  • Variety of advertising mediums
  • Competitive volunteer stipends

Rapid Start-Up Services

  • 5 – 7 days for IRB review
  • 5 – 15 days for contracting process
  • 5 – 10 day source generation and staff training

Other Information

While NOCCR is and has been open to working with a Central IRB, a majority of our studies are reviewed and followed by Crescent City IRB, a nonprofit local organization.

Organizational Values:

  • Rapid Volunteer Enrollment
  • Volunteer Retention
  • Volunteer Compliance
  • Accurate Quality Data
  • Protect Volunteer Safety
  • Complete Regulatory Compliance

Our Commitment:

To provide the highest quality health care and most accurate research data, we will continually evaluate NOCCR based on the following:

  • A commitment to exceptional performance
  • Volunteer care as our primary focus
  • Respecting all individuals
  • Satisfying client requirements
  • Open and positive communication
  • Excellence in customer service and satisfaction
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Community involvement and service

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